What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

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Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is experienced when a patient is experiencing issues with the jaw, the face muscles that control the jaw, or the joint itself. It can be a rather painful disorder, as the temporomandibular joint plays a vital role in allowing us to speak, eat, and yawn.

TMJ can be caused by a variety of instances. Suffering an injury to the joint or the surrounding areas has been known to cause TMJ. Arthritis in the joint is another reason a person may develop TMJ. Patients that suffer from bruxism sometimes develop TMJ, as the clenching and grinding forces exert a lot of pressure on the joint. Stress is even thought to play a role, as it causes a tightening in the facial and jaw muscles.

A common symptom of TMJ is experiencing pain in the joint itself or in the surrounding areas of the face. Another hallmark sign of the disorder is a clicking or popping noise when you open or close your mouth. Your jaw locking in place when you open or close it is another symptom of TMJ.

While TMJ can be quite a painful disorder, treatment options are available. Contact our expert in TMJ in Thousand Oaks for more information.

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