What is TMJ?
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, is a complex, potentially serious, and often overlooked medical condition. The temporomandibular joint is what allows your jawbone to move smoothly. TMJ prevents that smooth movement, causing the jaw to click, stick, or pop.
Symptoms of TMJ often include jaw pain, earaches, and even difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Although stress is sometimes implicated as a contributing factor, largely because anxiety can lead to tooth grinding or clenching, TMJ is more often caused by misalignment of the teeth. The temporomandibular joint attempts to compensate, in order to create as stable a bite as possible, pulling the jaw out of alignment.
Treatment generally focuses on correcting any underlying conditions and realigning the bite through a variety of methods. While you are undergoing treatment, lifestyle changes such as choosing soft foods and intentionally relaxing your facial, jaw, and neck muscles can help alleviate pain.
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