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Zona Rio Tijuana, B.C. México

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Joint Syndrome
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The temporomandibular joint is the ball and socket joint on each side of the head where the lower jawbone joins de skull. Several muscles, ligaments and discs complete this complex system that work for us while we eat, speak and even when we sleep.

TMJ dysfunction is caused by the misalignment of the teeth, jaws, and muscles.

The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction vary, and include pain or tenderness in the jaw, in the teeth, around the ear, clicking, or grating sounds when the mouth opens, and difficulty opening the mouth very wide.

The systemic causes for TMJ dysfunction may be trauma, poor posture, arthritis, the main cause is muscle response to emotional stress or anxiety. Many people respond to emotional stress by clenching or grinding their teeth (bruxism). If a patient loses teeth through decay or trauma, or looses height of some teeth through bruxism or age, or a dental restoration is placed making teeth too high, the way he is able to chew his food is going to change
Because chewing is the primary mechanism necessary for supplying nutrients to the body, if the jaws or teeth are out of alignment, the entire cranium will distort in order to chew properly. The structural compensations necessary for this readjustment can be responsible for such varied symptoms as depression, loss of concentration, insomnia, headaches, neck pain, and low back pain –all caused by TMJ dysfunction.

TMJ dysfunction is diagnosed by observation of symmetry of facial features, midline shift of teeth, asymmetric wear of dental surfaces, asymmetry of jaw movement, tenderness over joints, and tenderness in associated muscles. It can also be diagnosed by x-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), computerized motion studies. The use of appliances such as nightguards can realign the jaw and relieve symptoms. Cold laser therapy also helps relieve symptoms.

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