An Overview on TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder is medically known as TMD and stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. For many people, this is a fancy way of saying “jaw pain,” but there is much more to it than that. Your temporomandibular joints sit on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. They connect your lower jaw to the rest of your head. They’re sliding hinges that allow you to talk, laugh, chew, yawn, and speak. Running through your jaw joint is the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is the largest of your cranial nerves and lets you feel sensations on your head and face as well as stimulates jaw movements.
When you have this disorder, your jaw is misaligned and causes that hinge to slip out of its socket. This slippage produces a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth, as well as inflammation and the resulting pain. Common symptoms include pain in your jaw, face, head, neck, and shoulders, teeth grinding, and ear symptoms like sounds, pain, and congestion. TMJ can affect your body in more significant ways too. The bottom line is that treatment can lead to overall healthier life and body.