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.

Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouthwide

Problems when you try to open your mouth wide

Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position

Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.

Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite -- as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly

Swelling on the side of your face

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.

Treatments :

A splint or night guard Dental treatment if required.

Don't rest your chin on your hand.

Don’t hold the phone between your shoulder and ear. Practice good posture to reduce neck and facial pain

Tongue relaxation techniques to help loosen up your jaw and physical therapy or massage.