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Do you have difficulty chewing and swallowing? What about headaches and jaw pain? If so, you might suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as “TMJ syndrome”.
TMJ syndrome occurs when the TMJ joint – the joint that connects jaw and skull – is inflamed. This can cause difficulty biting and a clicking sound when opening and closing your mouth. It can also cause a variety of types of pain, including headaches, migraines, and neck and shoulder pain.
Treatment of TMJ depends on the cause, and there are multiple causes: malalignment of your teeth, jaw thrusting, trauma, clenching or grinding your teeth, excessive gum chewing or nail-biting, a joint disease (such as osteoarthritis), or lack of overbite.