Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) is a common cause of jaw pain. It is caused by a defect in the temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw to your skull. The main symptom of TMJ Bronx is chronic pain in the jaw, neck, and hearing. Other symptoms include headaches and facial numbness or tingling. There are many causes of temporomandibular joint disorder, including:
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
The main cause is a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). It occurs when the muscles and ligaments in your jaw do not function properly. That can cause pain in your jaw or joint, known as TMJ disorder.
The condition can also cause problems with chewing and swallowing food. You may experience headaches and face pain that worsens with stress or changes in posture, such as sleeping or eating.
Cervical disc herniation
Cervical disc herniation is a condition that affects the discs in your neck and causes pain and disability. This condition can be caused by trauma, injury, or infection from an underlying condition such as cancer, osteoporosis, or arthritis. Discs may bulge into the spinal canal due to osteophyte formation or malformation, or they may become bulging, causing nerve compression at their base or between vertebrae. If left untreated, this can lead to further damage and degeneration of your cervical spine (neck).
An infection or inflammation of your jaw bones
Another common cause of the temporomandibular joint disorder is an infection or inflammation of the jaw bones, which can result from an injury to the face, tooth decay, or gum disease. If you have a toothache that lasts longer than three weeks or if you have difficulty chewing food due to pain, it could be a sign of an infection in your temporomandibular joint. You should see a doctor right away if this happens to you.
About 5% of all tumors are found in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). They can cause inflammation and pain in the jawbone and TMJ problems such as clicking noises when you clench your teeth together (grinding), popping noises when chewing, or soreness around the mouth and cheeks when opening the mouth wide or yawning wide (squinting). If you have any of these symptoms, please make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
Inflammatory arthritis is due to joint inflammation caused by an injury to the joint itself or from rubbing on it during normal daily activity such as chewing or talking. Inflammation occurs when there is damage to the cartilage (the cushion between two bones). That can lead to osteoarthritis, where the cartilage becomes damaged and loses its ability to cushion movement and protect against injury, leading to pain and swelling in the joint when you move it around.
Many people have pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) area, but it can be difficult to know whether this is a TMJ disorder or simply normal wear and tear. If you have TMD, you may have pain in your teeth, jaw, or neck. You may also have stiffness in one or both of your jaws. You should contact Advanced Dental Care of Riverdale to speak to your dentist if experiencing these symptoms.