Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is an umbrella term that refers to pain and dysfunction of the muscles responsible for mastication, as well as the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the lower jaw to the skull. “Occlusal disorders” refers to problems with the way our teeth fit together. When teeth don’t engage with each other, a number of problems may arise – including worn teeth, broken teeth, broken restorations, jaw pain, facial pain, gum problems, tooth loss, and implant failure.
TMJ may be the result of one or more factors. Some of these include:
The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction vary between patients. Some symptoms include:
These symptoms may be similar to other medical conditions. You are advised to consult your GP and pursue medical tests.