Dental Problems

TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ Neck PainTMJ is ‘TemperoMandibular Joint’which is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of skull. TMJ disorder occurs when there is problem in jaws, jaw joints and facial muscles surrounding it. The joints are present in front of each ear and are flexible allowing the easy movement of jaws in all directions.

Causes of TMJ Neck Pain:

Any kind of injury to jaws, joints or muscles of head or neck can be the major reasons for Tempero Mandibular Disorder. Some other reasons apart from the above mentioned are:

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Dislocation of cushion or disc in between ball and socket
  • Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in TMJ
  • Stress which can cause tightening in muscles of jaws and face

Symptoms of TMJ Neck Pain:

  • Pain or tenderness on face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around ears when you chew, speak  or open mouth wide.
  • Mouth cannot open widely
  • Jaws get struck in ‘open’or ‘closed’position
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Tiredness on face
  • Swelling on face.

Other common symptoms are toothaches, headaches, neck pains, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems etc.

Treatment for TMJ:

  • Apply ice packs on area of pain
  • Eat only that food which can be easily swollen
  • Avoid extreme use of jaws
  • Do not rest your jaws on your chin
  • Do not hold phone in between your ear and chin
  • Good posture should be maintained to avoid neck and shoulder pain
  • Keep the teeth slightly apart
  • Try to relax, this will provide relation to muscles also.
  • Consult your dentist and take proper medication.

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