The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull on both sides. Pain in this joint causes discomfort in the jaw and surrounding area. TMJ pain can inhibit range of motion in the jaw, especially when eating, and cause further discomfort to your face and neck muscles.

Are you struggling with TMJ pain? Symptoms include:

•   Pain or tenderness in your jaw
•   Aching pain in and around your ear
•   Difficulty or pain while chewing
•   Aching facial pain
•   Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
•   Clicking and popping through the jaw
•   Headaches in your temples and across the forehead
•   Ringing in your ears or the sensation of fullness

Attributing factors for TMJ pain might include:

•   Genetics
•   Teeth grinding
•   Arthritis
•   Jaw Injury and trauma
•   Tight muscles
•   Posture
•   Post-dental soreness
•   Trismus (also called lockjaw)

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What to expect with TMJ treatment:

A TMJ assessment involves a focused examination of the neck and head, and a deeper look at contributing factors. Treatment typically focuses on releasing muscle tension in the head and face, and further treatment and management advice takes into account the contributing factors for your TMJ pain.

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