What Causes TMD

neck painTemporomandibular joint disorders are not a new health problem; they are merely one of the causes of severe or chronic jaw and neck pain. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can be due to problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. These disorders are often incorrectly called TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint, the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull.

A recently published article at http://www.webdental.com has discussed about the causes and symptoms of TMD. Here are some of the important points discussed in this article:

Causes of TMD:

  • Problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw

  • Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth (puts pressure on the TMJ)

  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket

  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ

  • Stress (person tightens facial and jaw muscles or clenches teeth)

  Symptoms of TMD:

  • Face pain

  • Jaw joint pain

  • Stiffness or pain in neck and shoulders

  • Tightening when you chew or speak

  • Limited ability to open the mouth

  • Jaws that lock

  • Clicking or popping

  • Face swelling

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Tinnitis (ringing in the ears)

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