JAW JOINT PROBLEMS
Jaw Joint Problems
Your temporomandibular jointis a joint that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
Symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash — can lead to TMD.
Other causes include :
Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint Arthritis in the joint Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth. TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort.
You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). We at SIRI will check your jaw joints for pain or tenderness and listen for clicks, pops, or grating sounds when you move them. We will also make sure your jaw works like it should and doesn’t lock when you open or close your mouth and we will test your bite and check for problems with your facial muscles.