The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). also referred to as the jaw joint, is composed of the temporal bone (roof of the TMJ), the mandible or lower jaw (base of the TMJ), a soft tissue cartilage base between the two bones (meniscus or disc) and associated muscles, connective tissue and elastic fibers.
If the TMJ is not functioning correctly-specifically, the meniscus is out from between the two bones of the joint-it can result in clicking upon opening the jaw, restricted opening of the jaw, shifting of the jaw and the teeth, headaches, ear fullness and ringing.
Resulting pain is from nerve impingement by the structures of the TMJ or inflammation and/or spasm of the muscle.
Manual therapies, splints to reduce stress in the TMJ, or therapeutic injections into the TMJ may all be necessary to reduce pain and achieve normal function.
To restore complete TMJ function, proper restoration of the tooth and/or tooth alignment may be necessary to regain normal jaw alignment.
Jaw pain and jaw dysfunction (restricted opening) can be associated with many conditions but function of the TMJ should always be taken into consideration when this occurs.
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