What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)?

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Located between the lower jaw and the cranium, it enables many movements useful in everyday life.

In certain cases, this joint can cause pain or malfunction, which is referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction. But what are TMD disorders and what are the symptoms? Find out all you need to know about this problem.

What is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?

The TMJ or temporomandibular joint is a highly mobile joint that connects the lower jaw with the cranium. It is located right in front of the ear. With the help of a group of chewing muscles and reinforced by intrinsic ligaments, this joint is used when the jaw is opened, closed and moved from front to back and left to right.

In other words, the temporomandibular joint is used many times a day, which can lead to the development of TMJ disorders. Indeed, whether you are chewing or swallowing, these actions are only made possible thanks to these joints.

What symptoms are associated with temporomandibular joint disorders?

There are many symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. These can appear as mechanical dysfunctions such as pain when yawning, clenching your teeth or chewing. You may also feel small cracks as soon as you open your jaw or a decrease in the size of your mouth opening and even a complete blockage. These disorders can also cause joint and muscle pain located directly in the joint on either side of the jaw, causing neck pain, headaches and pressure sensations in the temples and face.

Since a TMJ disorder often results from a problem, it is recommended to consult a maxillofacial surgery specialist. He or she can explain the reasons for this disorder and the treatments available to correct it.

What are the treatments for TMD-related stress?

TMJ disorder symptoms can be caused by different factors. For some people, anxiety can lead them to develop bad habits, such as bruxism (teeth grinding), for example. For others, it might be an inflammatory process within the joint that leads to the disorder in question.

It is therefore strongly recommended to consult a maxillofacial surgery specialist who can fully examine your condition. Based on your characteristics, your background and your lifestyle, a professional will be able to guide you towards the most appropriate treatment.

Clinique MFML: A personalized solution to treat TMJ disorders

If you have a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), Clinique MFML specializes in jaw-related treatments.

Contact our team for a consultation with one of our surgeons. We can provide you with the most effective solution for your needs.

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