TMJ is an acronym for “tempo-mandibular articulation”
TMJ is the acronym for “temporomandibular joint”, which is located between the lower jaw and the temporal cavity (in front of the ear). Studies show that about 50% of adults suffer from such a disorder, although in many cases they have never consulted for it.
Here are some examples of the causes that can cause an ATM problem :
- Squeaks or clenching of teeth
- Malocclusion (wrong positioning of teeth or jaws)
- Arthritis or osteoarthritis
If left untreated, such a problem can lead to various complications such as muscle aches in the jaw, neck, shoulders and back as well as headaches or ears. Often, patients will notice cracks in the jaw, they will be unable to fully open the mouth and chewing will become laborious.
There are different solutions to remedy the situation :
- Wearing an occlusal plate
- Dental restoration (installation of crowns, bridges, implants or partials)
- Dental rehabilitation