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TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, or jaw joint, which allows you to open and close your mouth, speak, swallow and chew food. Dysfunction of the joint may result in symptoms like clicking and popping sounds, headaches, neck and facial pain, locking of the jaw and ringing in the ears.
The TM joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments and bones that work together as a system. Because of this complex system a problem in one area can cause symptoms elsewhere. Many things can trigger TMJ disorder, such as trauma to the face, whiplash, bad posture, an uneven bite (malocclusion) where the teeth are not being able to properly support the jaw. This can occur from missing teeth, misaligned teeth, or back teeth that are too short.
When this condition is prolonged, the body begins to compensate by involving muscles in other areas such as the neck, throat, and upper and lower back, arms, etc.
If you have any questions about snoring or obstructive sleep apnea or TMJ, please speak with one of our United Smiles of Kensington team members here in Toronto, ON today.
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