temporomandibular joint

The temporomandibular joint: the great unknown

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the side of the head. When working properly, it allows you to talk, chew, and yawn. In people with temporomandibular dysfunction, also called TMJ disorders, problems in the joint and the muscles around it can cause: Pain that spreads to the face, jaw or neck, stiffness in the jaw muscles, limitation of movement or Jaw locking, painful clicking when moving the jaw, changes in the alignment of the upper and lower teeth.

Jaw pain can disappear with proper treatment. He treatment It may include simple things such as instructions on eating soft foods and feeding routines and palliative measures such as ice application, pain relievers or oral devices, and sometimes surgery may be required.