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Grinding, Clenching and TMJ Disorders

Some Common TMJD symptoms may include:   Pain or difficulty in chewing or biting. Excessive jaw pain and/or stiffness. Head ache. Dull ache in the side of the face. Cervical neck tension and pain. Clicking jaw, popping and grating sounds on moving the jaw. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) with excessive ear pain. Shoulder, head and neck pain. Awareness of grinding/clenching teeth while sleeping or awake (Bruxism). History of medically diagnosed migraine headaches (common incidence of concurrent TMD).

The Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ as it is frequently called, is the jaw joint which connects the lower jaw bone (mandible) to the skull. It is not easy to diagnose TMJ disorders as there are many different causes for these conditions. These disorders are commonly caused by the increased muscle tension in the jaw, mostly due to psychological factors that include stress and anxiety leading to jaw clenching (trismus), teeth grinding (bruxism), or excessive chewing. Temporomandibular joint syndrome or temperomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) is either an acute or chronic inflammation of the TMJ.
Added by Dr Kinnar Shah Dentist Castle Hill on Sunday 12 May 2013
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