Problems in the structure of the jaw joint include:
Injury to the
temporomandibular (TM) joint most commonly occurs when
too much stress is placed on the joint by:
These stressors can cause the articular disc to shift out of its
normal position (disc displacement). Because this disc cushions the joint
between the jawbone (mandible) and the skull, displacement can result in pain
and locking of the joint.
A blow to the jaw, TM joint dislocation, or jaw fracture can also
result in TM disorder symptoms.
January 11, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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