Pain in Jaw and Neck28 Jun 2014
Jaw joint dysfunction is a group of conditions that can cause joint pain. They can stop your jaw joint and the muscles that control the movement of your jaw from working correctly.
Jaw joint dysfunction problems are also known as temporomandibular disorders (TMJ). The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) refers to a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint, as well as the muscles that control chewing. Although the terms “TMJ” and “TMJ disorder” are sometimes still used to describe disorders associated with this joint, “TMD” is becoming the accepted term.
- The symptom is pain, an overstretched feeling in the joints, and/or muscle spasms
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears, or even hearing loss
- clicking or popping sounds when you move the joint, which may be audible to other people too
- swelling of the face and mouth
- difficulty opening the jaw fully, or the jaw may shift to one side after opening
- trouble while swallowing
- nausea or dizziness
What does this have to do with my teeth?
Common symptom that might be accompanied by pain is a locked jaw, when the mouth is stuck either open or shut, or an inability to open ones mouth more than just a crack. Still others experience ear issues, such as popping and clicking sounds whenever they open or shut their mouths or while they are chewing foods. Often, these snapping noises are even audible to others standing nearby. These annoying sounds might be accompanied by the sense that teeth are not aligning properly or that the molars dont meet completely, making eating more difficult. Earaches and even dizziness can also accompany TMJ disorders.