The temporomandibular joints, also known as TMJ, are complex ball and socket joints that hinge your jaw, enabling you to chew food, speak and even make some facial expressions. TMJ joints work in concert with muscles and ligaments to perform all of these complex functions.
Each TMJ joint has a small disk of cartilage, that allows a small amount of slip when you chew and grind food. If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis it can increase the tension on joints, ligaments and jaw muscles. This can easily lead to chronic inflammation issues in the joint. Other possible causes include arthritis, past dislocation of the TMJ joints or abnormal muscle tension and pain.
TMJ disorder is a term used to describe any one of these problems. It is often related to a pain when opening your mouth, or biting down, soreness in the jaw early in the morning and a persistent dull ache in front of the ears or near the temples.
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