Problems in the structure of the jaw joint include:
Injury to the temporomandibular (TM) joint most commonly occurs when too much stress is placed on the joint by:
These stressors can cause the articular disc to shift out of its normal position (disc displacement). Because this disc cushions the joint between the jawbone (mandible) and the skull, displacement can result in pain and locking of the joint.
A blow to the jaw, TM joint dislocation, or jaw fracture can also result in TM disorder symptoms.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry|
|Last Revised||January 11, 2012|
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