The temporomandibular joint is a hinge which connects your lower jaw to your skull. These joints are attached to muscles, allowing your lower jaw to move up and down and side to side. Temporomandibular joint disorder occurs when the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn’t functioning properly. Dysfunction can cause jaw pain, discomfort, clicking, difficulty chewing and locking of the jaw. The most common cause of temporomandibular joint disorder is teeth grinding (bruxism). Treatments may include medication, custom-made night guards and physiotherapy.
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