Temporomandibular joint Dysfunction refers to a variety of conditions that affect your jaw
If you are suffering from the following symptoms then you may have TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).
TMD refers to a variety of conditions that affect your jaw joints, jaw muscles and facial nerves.
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If the problem is disc related then it could be because the disc has become worn or moved out of alignment. The joint cartilage may be affected by arthritis. Sometimes the joint can be affected by trauma
If the problem is muscle related, the jaw muscles may have been put under extreme stress by night time tooth clenching.
This is called nocturnal bruxism and this may be caused by anxiety, medications and sleep disorders.
If it is bite related, recent dental work may have put the normal tooth biting position out of sync.
In many cases the cause of TMD is unclear. It seems to be more prevalent is females and there has been a suggested connection to female hormones.