TMJ or TMD Disorders at Fulham dentist, London SW6
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The Temporomandibular (TM) Joint is the jaw joint. You have two TM joints, which work together as a pair, one in front of each ear. The joints connect the lower jawbone (the mandible) to the temporal bones of the skull on each side of the head. The muscles controlling the joints are attached to the mandible and allow the jaw to move in three directions: up and down, side-to-side, and forward and back.
When you open your mouth, the rounded upper ends of the mandible on each side of the jaw (the condyles) glide along the joint socket at the base of the skull. They slide back to their original position when you close your mouth. To keep this motion working smoothly, a cartilage disc lies between the condyle and the socket.
The disc absorbs the shock to the joint from chewing and other movements. The combination of synchronized as well as three-dimensional movements of the paired joints distinguishes them as one of the most complicated joints in the body.
What are Temporomandibular Disorders?
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are a complex and poorly understood set of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements.
Injuries and other conditions that routinely affect other joints in the body, such as arthritis, also affect the Temporomandibular Joint.
One or both joints may be involved and, depending on the severity, can affect a person’s ability to speak, chew, swallow, make facial expressions and even breathe.
What Causes TMD?
Adding to the complexity of TMD is that there can be multiple causes — as well as cases where no obvious cause can be found. Some known causes are the following:
- Tooth position and alignment irregularities
- Dental procedures (even prolonged mouth opening)
- Various forms of arthritis
- Injuries to the jaw area
- Autoimmune diseases
- Insertion of a breathing tube before surgery.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
The pain of TM disorders is often described as a dull, aching pain, which comes and goes in the jaw joint and nearby areas. However, some people report no pain but still have problems moving their jaws. Symptoms may include the following:
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Chronic headaches
- Jaw muscle stiffness
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
- A bite that feels “wrong”
Keep in mind that occasional clicking or discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing muscles is common and is not always a cause for concern.
Often, the problem goes away on its own. However, if the pain is severe and lasts more than a few weeks, please do call and book in with one of our dentists.
Please call our friendly reception team on 020 7736 0876 to arrange an appointment at our South West London dental practice or complete our appointment request form.
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