The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jawbone to the skull, and each side of the skull has one joint. TMJ disorder encompasses the pain in the muscles that move the jaw and those that of the joints which connect the mandibles to the skull.
The primary cause of a TMJ disorder is difficult to point, but the most common causes are arthritis, jaw injury, or even genetics.
Symptoms Of TMJ DisorderThe most common symptom of the TMJ disorder is pain of the jaw. It becomes tender and painful, especially when chewing. The pain may be on both sides of the jaw where the joints are or in either of them depending on the extent of the condition. The joints may lock too, making it hard for you to open or close your mouth.
Does TMJ Disorder Affect The Quality Of Life?Yes, it does. Especially when you consider the fact that you may have a hard time chewing your food. If you experience intense pain when chewing food, you may want to eat less, just to avoid it. This will lead to weight loss or loss of nutrients if you restrict your diet to liquid meals. Malnutrition or excessive weight loss may affect your self-esteem.
The pain associated with this disorder may cause you to alter the course of your life. You may need to avoid some fun activities that would then affect your social life. Jaw pain will also make it hard to talk at times, leading you to avoid getting out and socializing as much as you would like.
With a TMJ Disorder, the jaw joints lock without warning at times, rendering you helpless for the while that the lock lasts. Your social life takes a hit.
Jaw pain will affect virtually every aspect of your life. Do not wait too long to seek help, seeing as the longer you wait, the worse the situation gets. Talk to us today and let us fix your jaw.
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