What is TMJ Disorder?

What is TMJ Disorder?

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, your ability to use your mouth properly is hindered by this condition. This joint is necessary for yawning, talking, chewing, and other activities. If you experiencing frequent headaches and jaw pain, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder. Understanding the root causes of TMJ disorder is essential for its effective treatment.


There are two types of arthritis that can develop in your jaw area. These include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The most typical symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is joint inflammation. If ignored, it can eventually cause your cartilage to deteriorate. Osteoarthritis, the other type of arthritis, is brought on by aging. However, traumatic experiences in one's life can have an impact on how severe osteoarthritis can be.


Another factor may also be trauma. Examples of trauma include receiving a punch to the face or getting involved in a car accident. Your temporomandibular joint may have been dislocated as a result of these instances, which can further harm the cartilage disk inside your jaw. After suffering an injury, the best course of action is to have our dental specialist, Dr. Bashar, inspect your jaw.


People who are under stress may engage in harmful behaviors or resort to old unwanted habits. Teeth grinding is one of these unwanted habits. Many people are completely unaware that they are harming themselves since they clench or grind their teeth when they sleep. Over time, constant chewing wears down your chewing muscles, making it uncomfortable to open or close your jaw.

Other Factors

Cancer, different infections, and particular congenital defects in the bone are additional health conditions that may play a role in the development of a TMJ disorder.

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Visit us in Edina, Minnesota, to make an appointment to see Dr. Bashar if you are dealing with any TMJ-related issues. Call us at (612) 800-8002.