It should be considered that there are many symptoms of TMJ disorder . Everyone is different, therefore the disorder can and does manifest itself in a variety of ways. Although this is by no means an exclusive list, the following are symptoms a patient with TMJ disorder might experience. Eye Pain and Eye Problems: Bloodshot eyes Blurring of vision Eye pain above, below and behind eye Pressure behind eyes Light sensitivity Watering of the eyes Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain: Migraines Forehead pain Cluster headaches "Sinus Type" headache Hair and/or scalp painful or sensitive to touch Headaches at the back of the head, with or without shooting pain Teeth and Gum Problems: Clenching during the day or at night Grinding teeth at night (bruxism) Tooth pain Sensitive teeth Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin Problems: Discomfort or pain to any of these areas Pain in cheek muscles Uncontrollable tongue movemen...
TMJ is short for "Temporomandibular Joint" which is the jaw joint. Each person has two, one in front of each ear. It connects the lower and upper jaw bones and allows the joint to move up and down, forward to back, and side to side. TMJ Disorder , which is also sometimes called "TMJD," "TMJ Syndrome," or just "TMJ," is a poorly defined condition in which many symptoms can affect the joints. Some symptoms of TMJ disorder are pain upon movement, function issues, locking, and other the jaw joint problems. For a longer list of symptoms, please see our TMJ disorder symptom list . Conditions that affect other joints in the body, such as injury, arthritis, ankylosis (fusion), or developmental abnormalities, can also affect the temporomandibular joints. If you have any questions, please Create a SharePost , visit our message board , or ask an expert . Next: TMJ Symptoms
Did you know TMJ/TMD shares common traits with other diseases? Following we will explore the function and dysfunction of this small joint that creates such force and wreaks havoc in the lives of an estimated 20 million Americans.
What is TMJ and TMD?
Our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is formed where ligaments attach our temporal bone to our jawbone (mandible). And, with the help of muscles, tendons, and facial nerves, the TMJ allows us talk, chew, bite, swallow, yawn, burp, and more. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is any disorder or derangement that interferes with normal operation of the joint.
Things that can interfere with joint function include:
Misalignment of teeth.
Muscle dysfunction, such as myofascial trigger points (TrPs) .
Overuse or repetitive motion - such as, teeth grinding, clenching with heavy lifting, or emotional stress.
Nerves – facial nerves entrapped by TrPs in the m...
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