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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

The temporomandibular joint is also known as the jaw joint. Jaw pain is a common condition.

Causes

Jaw pain can be caused by:

  • Injury or trauma to the jaw joint and/or muscles of your neck and head, such as whiplash
  • Putting pressure on the jaw joint from grinding or clenching the teeth
  • Arthritis or mechanical compromise to the jaw joint
  • Stress or anxiety which can result in clenching the teeth.

Symptoms

Jaw pain can affect one or both sides of the face, with symptoms including:

  • Difficulties opening the mouth
  • Locking of the jaw while the mouth is open or closed
  • Upper neck pain
  • Headaches or toothaches
  • Sounds when eating, opening or closing the mouth, such as popping, clicking or grating
  • Difficulties chewing.

Treatments

The treatment of jaw pain will depend on the cause. In some cases chiropractic and physiotherapy are successful. In other cases, a dentist is required. If stress is the underlying cause of jaw clenching psychology may be of the most value.

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