What you need to know about TMJ disorders

The temporomandibular acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. It’s located on either side of your head and just under your ears where your cheeks meet the mouth area on the sides of your face; the jaw muscles allow you to move the mouth forward (to talk or chew) to the sides to chew food properly as well as up and down to yawn and move your tongue to access different parts of your mouth for eating etc. Jaw pain can become severe when 11 facial nerves in your face are compromised due to inflamed TMJ discs which are fibrocartilage tissues cushioning and supporting the teeth in your upper & lower jaws. This can cause chronic headaches and pain in the eyes among other problems depending on what type of TMJ and TMD treatment is used to correct the disorder and can ultimately contribute to disfunction in other areas of the body due to the musculoskeletal nature of the dysfunction.

Reston VA Dentist | The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder


The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Research has shown that changes in neck muscles and posture may increase the risk of suffering from this painful condition as well and potentially from the imbalance in bite caused by teeth grinding itself/ bruxism as it may cause an imbalance in the structural makeup of a person’s upper and lower jaws which results in altered position of certain molars which cause further damage to the already stressed disc and intervertebral joint systems resulting in an even more devastating impact on the delicate mechanisms of the interconnected internal bone structure components involved in chewing.

A multitude of factors may contribute to someone being prone to developing this problem over time for example: birth injuries that occur to the infant during the birthing process during difficult labour such as forceps use especially in the deeper region of a woman’s body may predispose one to more likelihood of suffering later from repetitive strain disorders related to stiff joints which may aggravate a “floating” trigger point in the neck. In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. There are many factors that can contribute to the pain caused primarily by an inflammation of a meniscal tear that may result from overuse of some types of athletic activities or otherwise-at risk for causing trauma to this part of the body while others are clearly more prone to complications from time to time which necessitates immediate medical attention by a trained medical professional who will be able to more accurately diagnose the nature of your pain using diagnostic imaging methods such as x-ray MRI CT scans etc in order to reach an accurate diagnosis.