Why you may suffering facial pain, jaw joint and ear
The term TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) refers
to the jaw joint in front of the ear. Many doctors believe it to be the most
complex joint in the human body. The joint can experience similar diseases and
injuries found in other joints of the body.
have heard of a slipped disc in the back. The soft disc in the jaw joint can
"slip" as well, sometimes with pain and clicking or popping of the injured disc
when the mouth opens or closes. Auto accidents, blunt trauma, changes to the
bite of the teeth, and injuries to the muscles and tendons that move the joint
and the lower jaw can all contribute to painful symptoms. Pain can be felt at
the ear, temple, eye, cheekbone, below the lobe of the ear and at the jaw joint. If the disc has slipped, it may fold up in front of the hinging part of the jaw
and "lock" the jaw joint so that the mouth can hardly open. This condition
results in TMJ pain and is
If the teeth and jaws do not fit
together properly, the disc in the jaw joint can be affected while in
orthodontic therapy if the fit of the teeth do not match where the
disc needs to be. It is not unusual for the disc to start clicking or
popping while in orthodontic care. If that happens, the joint and its disc
should be treated before things get worse. Ernest Syndrome
and Temporal Tendonitis can also make the jaw joint hurt and click,
so a painful jaw joint that does not get better with "joint" care should be
referred to a doctor trained to diagnose and treat Ernest Syndrome,
Temporal Tendonitis, TMJ Neuralgia (painful nerve inside
joint) or other painful disorders.
treated quickly, the slipped disc can become permanently lodged in front of
the hinging part of the jaw. The "slipped" disc alters how the
joint functions, and may cause permanent injury to tissues
inside the jaw joint, as well as muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerve
endings outside the joint.
The problems can
multiply if a patient has an orthodontic problem.