In order to deal properly with TMJ disorder we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow TMJ disorder to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind TMJ disorder consists of three steps:
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Jaw problems. Have you suffered TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint, or hinge of the jaw) malfunction with symptoms of jaw pain, limited jaw movement, or locking? These may be accompanied by clicks, pops, grating or other noises.
Possible responses:→ Never had it / don't know
→ Minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Although the link is not clear, stresses on the jaw caused by bruxism can lead to TMJ dysfunction. The muscles that stabilize the joint become fatigued from frequent clenching and/or grinding of teeth.
The TMJ may be affected by osteoarthritis, usually in those over 50 years old. Symptoms include stiffness, grating, or mild pain. Both sides of the jaw are usually involved.
If the TMJ is affected by rheumatoid arthritis, it is usually one of the last joints involved. RA affects the TMJ in almost 20% of cases. Pain, swelling, and limited movement are the most common symptoms.