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What is a Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles. Your temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your face, just in front of your ears. The TMJs connect your lower jawbone to your skull and assist in movements like chewing and speaking. Many people use the terms TMJ and TMD interchangeably.

Signs of TMJ include:

  • pain around your jaw, ear and temple

  • clicking, popping or grinding noises when you move your jaw

  • a headache around your temples

  • difficulty opening your mouth fully

  • your jaw locking when you open your mouth

 

The pain may be worse when chewing and when you feel stressed. TMJ can also stop you getting a good nights sleep.

 

TMJ can be caused by:

  • teeth grinding

  • wear and tear of the joint

  • a blow to the head or face

  • stress

  • an uneven bite

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