If you might hear your dentist tell you that you have TMJ problem, you might ask what TMJ stands for. T- for Temporal bone which is part of the area of your skull; M – is for mandible, or your lower jaw. J for joint, where your head and jaw meet. Some causes of TMJ problem might be misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension.
Problems in this area can cause:
• Headaches/ Migraines
• Vertigo • Earaches/ Ringing of the ears
• Pain while opening and closing the mouth
• Clicking or popping of the jaw
• Soreness in the jaw muscles
• Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacement of missing teeth, correct alignment of teeth and sometimes adjusting/ increasing the bite.
Remember that there is no exact solution that is right for all cases. If your TMJ problem is left untreated, other complications may arise and surgery may be required to repair your badly damaged joint.