What is TMJ?
TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint”. There's one on each side, and they attach your jaw to the bottom of your skull. Sometimes the TMJs get out of line or don’t move as they should. This disorder is called TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. Up to 15 percent of adults, mostly ages 20 to 40, have it.
WHAT CAUSES TMJ/TMD?
It’s not always clear what brings on TMD. The most common culprits can include:
- Grinding your teeth
- Cartilage in joint slipping out of place
- Arthritis, which can damage the cartilage in the joint
Teeth grinding and clenching (also called bruxism) can be related to stress, which can cause headaches, flattened teeth and jaw problems. In addition to stress reduction, your dentist may recommend a night guard. Night guards can stop damage to the teeth but do not stop grinding or clenching, can be uncomfortable to wear and actually promote grinding. Talk to your doctor, dentist or other licensed professional about jaw exercises and other techniques to keep your face and jaw relaxed.
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