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FAQ TMJ Los Angeles

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ Los Angeles syndrome is a pain felt within the jaw joint, which may be the result of different medical problems.

TMJ connects a lower Jaw or Mandible to a skull or the temporal bone found before the ear.

Some of the facial muscles which control chewing are also attached to a lower jaw. Problems experienced in such areas may lead to neck and head pain, headaches, ear pain, and facial pain.

What's TMJ?

The TMJ is made up of bones, nerves, blood vessels and muscles. Everyone had two TMJs, one on every side of a jaw.

Muscles involved into the chewing or in mastication which also works in opening and closing of a mouth and the jawbone on its own, it is under the control of the TMJ, and it has a hinge action or two movement rotation. It can help to open the mouth or to close it, while it also supports the gliding function so that the mouth can open wider.   This coordinated action will also help to yawn, chew or talk.  

When you put the fingers before the ears, and you open the mouth, then you will feel such joints with the movements. If you open the mouth with the rounded ends of a lower jaw or condyles, it will glide over the joint sockets over the temporally bone.  Condyles will slide back in their position if you close the mouth. To keep the motion smooth, there is a soft disk of the cartilage which is found between the temporally bone and condyle.  A disk will absorb the shock from TMJ that is caused by chewing or even other movements. The chewing may create a stronger force. The disk will distribute the force from chewing to the joint space.

What is TMJ syndrome?

TMJ syndrome may be a result of wear or tear caused by oral habits and aging or trauma.

The microtrauma like the punch into the jaw or the impact in the accident, it may break a jaw, and it may lead to dislocation of a TMJ.  The Pain in TMJ may be brought about by the dental work or if the joint had been stretched open for a long period. Massage with heat application after the dental procedure may turn to be helpful.

When do you need a doctor for TMJ disorder?

When you suffer the pain into the jaw or over the chewing muscle on occasion, it may not be a reason for concern.  However, you need to see the TMJ Los Angeles specialist, if the pain is too severe or if it refuses to go away.

 TMJ may appear in the healthy individuals, but some sensory, psychological and psychological factors put someone at risk of suffering TMJ pain,

Gender: women are at high risk of suffering TMJ Los Angeles syndrome.  There is also a difference in how men or women respond to pain medications.

Age: women who are between 18-44 are at a high risk of suffering TMJ  

Pain tolerance: the studies had suggested that people who are more sensitive to the pain, they are at risk of suffering TMJ syndrome.

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