Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: Symptoms and Healing

The Temporomandibular joint connects the mandible lower jaw with part of the skull, as know as temporal bone. The joint allows moving of the lower jaw in all directions, so the teeth could be used effectively for biting and chewing of the food.

At the Temporomandibular joint disorder, the joint, muscles and the ligaments, that monitors the joint, are not working together as they should and cause pain. This disorder appears mostly in women.

The Temporomandibular joint disorder usually causes spasm of the chewing muscles, mostly as a consequence of pressing of the jaw or teeth grinding. The pressing of the jaw and teeth grinding could be increased during stress. The occlusion disorder burdens the muscles and could also be a cause of Temporomandibular joint disorder, as well as injuries of the head, jaw or neck, that causes dislocation of the joint. In certain cases the cause could be arthritis.

You could notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity of jaw muscles
  • Strong pain on face
  • Sharp pain near ears

The purpose of healing is to remove the spasm of the muscles and tension, and relieve of pain.

Exist few measures of self-help you could try, including: warm wet compression, massage of face muscles, consumption of exclusively mushy food and using of braces during the night, so you can’t grind with the teeth or press the jaw.

The analgesics, such as aspirin and paracetamol, could also relieve the pain.

At approximately 3 or 4 persons with the Temporomandibular joint disorder, the symptoms improve in about 3 months since the beginning of the healing. However, if the symptoms don’t improve, additional healing could be necessary. In rare cases, a jaw surgery is needed.