Temporomandibular Dysfunction

An abnormal functioning of the temporomandibular joint. This dysfunction can also refer to symptoms that are caused by other areas, such as the third molar. Since this particular joint is used more frequently than most joints in the body (to chew, talk, bite and swallow), joint dysfuction can cause patients moderate to severe pain and discomfort. Temporomandibular Dysfuction causes pain in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. Patients may have problems opening their mouth all the way and may hearing a clicking or grinding noise. Although the exact cause of TMJ is uncertain, dental specialists attribute the codition to overuse of the joint, favoring one side of the mouth when chewing and biting, clenching the teeth and griding during sleep. For possible treatment options for TMJ, Click Here.
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