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TMJ Dysfunction - Bottom of Form

Jaw pain or temporomandibular joint (T.M.J) dysfunction is surprisingly very common.

The joints are surrounded by 68 pairs of muscles immediately on each side of the head. They allow you to chew, yawn, speak, and swallow and are in constant use. Correct function of the T.M.J is important for balances due to its close proximity with the ears. Dysfunction in this area can cause extreme facial pain if the trigeminal nerve is affected.

An injury can also lead to poor movement/tracking patterns of the jaw and teeth. This can develop into pain and further dysfunction such as clicking and/or locking.

Symptoms Include

  • Jaw is locked or stuck in a position
  • Pain in the jaw or head
  • Facial Pain
  • Difficulty opening/ closing jaw
  • Jaw locked in position
  • Earache/ Tinnitus ( ringing in the ear)
  • Clicking or grating noises in the jaw
  • Headaches

Causes

  • Trauma e.g. from contact sport
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Stress
  • Poor tooth position
  • Extended Orthodontic/ Dental consultations

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