What Is TMJ Dysfunction?

The jaw might hurt, restrict mouth movement, bring on headaches, ringing in the ears, and neck pain. An imbalance of muscles in the jaw and/or neck is frequently the cause of TMJ dysfunction. The fact that we use it so frequently throughout the day whether eating or talking makes it one of the smallest joints in the body, but it can also be one of the most crippling.

Bruxism, or the habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, is one of the main factors contributing to TMJ dysfunction. People may not be aware of it until their dentist discovers early damage on the teeth or until a spouse or family member hears the grinding sound because this usually occurs at night while sleeping. Activities like excessive gum chewing and nail biting when the mouth is forcedfully closed in an unnatural position are another potential cause of TMJ dysfunction. TMJ dysfunction can also be brought on by degenerative joint disease, structural problems with the mouth and teeth, and poor posture in the neck and upper back. It's critical to evaluate posture since bad posture interferes with the natural function of the chewing muscles, placing additional strain on them.

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