Head & Neck
March 20, 2012
Temporomandibular joint also known as TMJ is a disorder of what is referred to as the chewing bones, a ball and socket joint that is positioned in front of either ear. Torabi (2012),” The exact cause of temporomandibular joint disorder is still unknown although a number of factors do contribute to its onset, namely: poor relation of the upper, and lower jaws, crooked teeth, tooth grinding, bad or poor bite, poor posture, and structural problems from birth, such as dislocation, post-accidental trauma, and arthritis” (para. 1). It can be diagnosed by an PCP (primary care provider), a dentist or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) based on the symptoms of the patient. The temporomandibular joint is used to eat, talk, yawn, etc. so it is used a maximum amount of times during the day. There can be many symptoms of temporomandibular joint, things that people may not associate with temporomandibular joint. Just as there are many symptoms of temporomandibular joint there are many was to treat the disorder depending on how bad the disorder is, though there is no definite cure. There are a few things that everyone should know about temporomandibular joint and threw out this paper they will be addressed. (Emergency medicine updates. (2010).)
One of the biggest symptoms of temporomandibular joint is to have a headache, but it has been proven that approximately 80% of people with the disorder complain of developing headache pain, also facial pain is report to be in 40% of people. Developing pain in the ear is also proven to be in 50% off people with temporomandibular joint (MedicineNet, Inc, 2012). Some sounds may even be associated with temporomandibular joint, such as popping sounds, crunching, and grinding, these may be heard by the person with temporomandibular joint and others around him or her. Some symptoms are more server than other, such as dizziness, fullness of the ear or ringing of the...