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TMJ Disorder, also known as Temporomandibular Disorder or TMD, is pain in your jaw joint and the muscles that control your jaw movement. They affect the facial muscles that help you perform basic functions, such as chew. TMJ Dysfunction can lead to continuous pain and discomfort if left untreated.
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw bone to your skull. Pain may occur when opening and closing your mouth. Often, the jaw pain you experience with TMJ disorder is temporary. For that reason, we encourage patients to contact our Metairie TMJ specialists to relieve jaw pain.
This video provides an overview of the causes, symptoms and consequences of temporomandibular joint disorder.
When the jaw has to compensate for imbalance or the effects of damage to the joint, the resulting stress can cause grinding or clenching. Eventually, patients may have trouble opening or closing their mouth completely, and their bite may feel unbalanced. Continued strain on the joint and surrounding muscles can cause pain that is closely associated with frequent headaches and other symptoms.