What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull and acts as a hinge. When the cartilage becomes too worn or damaged, popping and clicking noises will begin as the jaw moves in and out of alignment. A disorder causing pressure on this joint can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
What Are the Causes of TMJ?
TMJ is caused by injury, genetics, misalignment to the teeth or jaw, excessive wear of teeth, excessive gum chewing, stress, anxiety, arthritis, poor posture, or a combination of these factors. People who clench or grind their teeth may have jaw pain, but many who grind may never develop TMJ disorders. (more…)