TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders relate to problems with your complex jaw joint. Many symptoms, including pain or a clicking sound, characterize these disorders, and it is now easier than ever to diagnose and treat them. However, TMJ disorders are not simple to reverse and require time, several treatments, patience and persistence to be effective.
A TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joints and chewing muscles are not in sync. Conditions of this kind can lead to more serious problems in the future, so early detection and treatment are very important.
TMJ disorders may stem from habits you have developed over the years or other sustained injuries, including:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Tightening your jaw muscles (this stresses your TM joint)
- Traumatic injury
Any of these can cause the misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grinding you are experiencing. Many of these habits or injuries cause damage to the joint or may stretch or tear the muscle ligaments in unnatural ways.