Did you know that a misaligned jaw can be the source of dozens of ailments, including migraines, back pain, and sleeplessness? Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of your head. These joints help you eat, talk, and yawn. When your TMJ malfunctions, it may be a sign that your muscles, bones, ligaments, or other tissues surrounding the joint is impacted.
Causes: While the root source of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) may be difficult to diagnosis, grinding or clenching your teeth, stress (tightening your facial muscles), or a head-related injury are often correlating factors.
Symptoms: Common symptoms of TMD include:
- A popping or clicking noise when opening or closing your mouth
- Locking jaw or limited movement
- Neck, shoulder, or facial pain when you move your jaw
- Toothaches, headaches, or neck aches
- Dizziness or earaches