The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) attaches skull to jawbone. TMJ conditions are often triggered in the regions of the skin, jaw or ear and may impair the operation of the regular jaw.
In less significant situations, automatic TMJ condition (foods in soft foods, ice wrapping, excessive jaw action avoidance) or non-chirurgical medications (inflammatory treatments, botox injections, stabilization scratches) can be managed with self-management therapy. Operational therapies (jaw joint substitutions) could be required in more serious situations.
Three key categories fall under TMJ conditions:
- Myofacial pain – irritation or pain in the jaw working muscle (sticky teeth can contribute to TMJ disorder)
- Internal joint distortion – a likely sign of the displaced disk, dislocated ear, or condyle damage
- Arthritis — an inflammatory degenerative disease
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders are frequently intensified by stress and can include:
- Pain in the region of the lip or the jaw
- Pain in or around the ears
- Facial pain
- Tight jaw
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening mouth
- Clamp the jaw
- Chewing difficulty