What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint. It’s a hinge joint that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull. Everyone has two TMJs – they move the jaw up and down, side to side, and forward and backwards to enable complete function in everyday activities. TMJ problems are very common and if not properly diagnosed or treated, they can lead to severe health issues.
What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?
When patients have problems relating to their temporomandibular joint, they are referred to as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). Research shows TMD is often related to sleep and breathing disorders – and if not diagnosed correctly, these can develop from as early as childhood (see our Myobrace page for more information).
TMD can cause pain anywhere in the jaw joint, and referred pain in the head or neck region. Inflammation in the TMJs can cause other parts of our body to compensate and flare up in pain – most commonly the neck, shoulders and back. This can lead to postural issues. Visiting a Melbourne holistic dentist for treatment of the TMD can ease these issues as the body will no longer have to compensate for an irritated TMJ.