TMJ disorders refer to problems with the temporomandibular joint, which is like a hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull. Any anomalies with this joint’s function tend to affect movement and usability of the jaw for mastication or other purposes. Thus, TMJ disorders, though not life threatening or lethal, do negatively impact the quality of life. If left unchecked, symptoms may worsen over time and assume and become chronic irritants. People suffering the following discomforts should get themselves checked to know if they have a temporomandibular joint disorder and seek treatment accordingly.
1. Pain in the Jaw
The most distinctive characteristic of TMJ disorders is pain the temporomandibular joint. It tends to manifest when the joint is moved or used, for instance during chewing, speaking, yawning and so on. Some patients complain that the pain is worst in the morning right after waking up. Generally described as a dull, aching throb that comes and goes, in some cases, TMJ disorders may also cause a constant pain.