What is All About Temporomandibular Disorder Or TMJ Syndrome

Did you experience a pain in your jaw? Or have a lock jaw?

The medical term for that is Temporomandibular disorder or TMJ syndrome. The temporomandibular is a joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is bilateral synovial articulation at the front of our ears which is between the mandible and temporal bone. It consists of muscles, ligaments, and jaw bones. It has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the joint for in which are also present in all our body joints for the same function.

The temporomandibular joint helps enable us to talk, chew, and yawn or simply to open and close our mouth. It also control the mandible or lower jaw movements.

Prevention is the best way for a person to avoid TMJ Syndrome. It is important for us to work-out our jaws which consist of stretching of our jaw and bending our head. The usual head exercise and regular massage of the jaw help prevent anyone from suffering TMJ Syndrome. It also helps, if we can avoid chewing gum because which might stress the jaw. We could also try not to open our mouth wider, just the average of three fingers wide. Eating softer food can also prevent jaw dislocation. Maintaining a proper posture while sleeping and using neck support while sitting were good ways of preventing TMJ sydrome. These are the few simple and easy things we can apply in our daily regimen that can serve us well in avoiding and preventing the temporomandibular disorder.

The signs that you might have a TMJ disorder is when you start suffering from pain when you talk, eat, and yawn or just by opening and closing the mouth. It is usually painful in the joint itself. A migraine and vertigo often materialize. Sometimes, you can hear sound such as clicking and popping whenever you move your joint, you cannot eat, your face is swollen, your jaw is lock at an open wide position or a muscles spasm. If your suffering on any of these then  you should see a doctor or a dentist for proper direction or medication.

The proper treatment is done by the professionals and master of this sickness which are the dentist, ENT surgeon, pain specialist, and some primary care physicians. The treatment varies on the degree of signs. There are also home remedies in which we can use for first aid which is the plain pain killers. Apply the hot compress to the joint area or the part that is swollen. That’s it!

I would like to add that all the information is derived from my readings and I’m not of any profession that deals with this disorder. I shared this information because I suffer a minor TMJ disorder and my readings help educate myself. I hope this will help raise awareness and better educate everyone regarding TMJ syndrome.

Disclaimer: All information you found on this post about Temporomandibular Disorder Or TMJ Syndrome (simply called jaw lock) is a combination of research and experience by the author for the purpose of education and raising awareness.

Sources: webMD, Emedicine.com, tmj.org, medicine.net, health communities, Health Central

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  1. Tania K Cowling

    I have TMJ dysfunction (the jaw joint is okay) but the symptoms are very much the same. Soft foods and heat have helped me the most. My dentist made me a night guard to wear so I don’t clench my mouth and leaves the jaw area relaxed. Very informative article!

  2. Gil Camporazo

    This is very informative. I remember in our early marriage, my wife found it difficult to close her mouth once she yawned. I don’t know if it has to do with TMJ disorder. Later it was gone. Every time she yawned she massage her jaw and gradually her mouth closed and she didn’t feel the pain.

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