What is a common TMJ disorder? Temporal mandibular joint problems that have to do with neck and head pain that are a challenge to diagnose. Grinding and clenching of the teeth (also known as destructive bite habits) can trigger these issues. Chronic joint pain and inflammation are almost always the end result.
This particular joint is located close to the ear where the lower jaw and the base of the mandible connects to the upper jaw at the top of the skull.
Although temporal mandibular joint disorder is a very common issue, it is considered hard to treat and diagnose because it can be associated with an array of symptoms. Some patients may experience severe neck and head pain to mild jaw clicking with no pain.
When a dentist diagnoses the issue, treatment may include surgery or simply placing a nightguard to help prevent pressure on the joint.
If you or a loved one think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, it is highly recommended that you contact a dental professional. To schedule for an appointment, feel free to contact us today.