Pain is your brain’s way of telling you that something is not okay and it needs to be taken care of. Rather than look for the cause of pain, however, many people simply resort to painkillers to mask the problem. When you do this, you risk the situation worsening and producing even greater complications down the road.
This is why you should not ignore any pain, especially when it persists. One of the worst culprits that can cause a host of other problems if not properly dealt with is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The following post takes a closer look at some common causes of TMJ disorder (TMD, the diagnostic name for the range of issues related to TMJ dysfunction):
What Causes Temporomandibular Joint Disorder/TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is a complex web of bone muscle and tendons, so many things can cause the jaw to not operate smoothly and cause jaw pain. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can stand alone, or be the result of another condition altogether.
Causes of TMJ include:
- Degenerative arthritic conditions or degenerative joint diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis
Bad bite – teeth out of alignment or crooked Read more at TMJ Hope…
Dysfunction in your TMJ can depress your quality of life by interfering with your sleep. Below is an explanation of how this can happen and just how costly it can be to your health:
Did you know that many patients who suffer from sleep disorders are also dealing with a problem directly related to disorders in their temporomandibular joint (TMJ)? The TMJ is the joint that attaches your lower jaw, or mandible, to the temporal bone of your head. More precisely, it is where the lower jaw fits into the skull and is supported by the muscles in your face. It is the joint that allows you to chew, swallow and yawn. However, when it isn’t functioning properly it can be the root of a lot of problems.
A disorder in this important joint can cause pain and discomfort in other parts of the body and these TMJ disorder symptoms — including sleep apnea, teeth grinding and tension headaches or migraines — can impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Read more at Huffington Post…
Another way you can be negatively affected by TMJ problems is related to issues with the ears. This post explains how TMJ can cause this:
How does TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder cause tinnitus, hearing problems?
If you’ve ever wondered – how does TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder cause tinnitus and hearing problems? – read on. But to understand how TMJ problems affect hearing, it’s important to first understand what TMJ is.
Perhaps the most common TMJ condition is known as “locked jaw”. The jaw joints are responsible for opening the mouth, speaking, and chewing. When these joints get damaged, your ability to perform these functions becomes limited and your jaw may feel as if it is locked. TMJ disorders can be brought on by trauma to the area or a dislocated fibrous disc that sits on the hinge joint. TMJ problems can cause pain and limit your ability to eat or even speak. Read more at Bel Marra Health…
There are many other symptoms of TMD apart from the ones highlighted in this article. They include chronic headaches, migraines, jaw pain and neck pain. If you’re dealing with any of these conditions and find that they don’t respond to standard treatment, you need to determine if your issues are TMJ related.