It is estimated that 1 in every 3 people suffer from one or more of these TMJ symptoms:
Headaches (chronic or migraine)
Earaches, congestion or ringing ears
Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joints
Limited jaw opening or locking
Dizziness• Pain when chewing
Neck and or throat pain
Difficulty in closing teeth together
The two temporomandibular joints (TMJ's) are located on each side of the head in front of the ears. They attach the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull. Muscles and ligaments attach both the bones and joints to allow movement. Each joint has a small disc which enables smooth movement of the jaw when chewing, talking, shouting, singing or yawning. A malfunction of one or both of these jaw joints can be caused by trauma, whiplash, malocclusion (bad bite), poor posture, bruxism (teeth grinding), clenching or skeletal malformation.
Any malfunction prevents the complex system of muscles, bones and joints from working together in harmony. The result is TMJ disorder. The jaw joint is like any other joint in the body. In actuality, TMJ disorder is an orthopedic problem.