Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a problem with the joint between the mandible and the skull.
Approximately 34% of the population reports some level of disorder in the TMJ. Usually jaw pain is problematic with people who grind, clench, chew gum, and fingernail bite. It can also become an issue after a whiplash injury.
Often times sufferers of ear symptoms such as pain by the ear, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), earaches, dizziness, sinus or neck pain and headaches are related to TMJ dysfunction.
Treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction
If you think you have a problem with your TMJ, visit your Dentist. They will examine it and determine what the problem is.
In minor cases, self treatment is usually effective. This may involve rest, anti-inflammatory medications (if prescribed) and exercises.
If your TMJ disorder is due to clenching or biting at night, your Dentist may give you a bite splint to wear at night.
In Many cases, tension in the muscles which attach to the jaw can pull the joint out of alignment. The muscles may be tight because of teeth clenching, jaw grinding, biting nails and holding things between the teeth. in such cases massage therapy can be beneficial in addressing these issues.