As a current dental student, I split my time between baseball and all things medical and dental. In an effort to widen the scope of my blog, I will be posting a daily medical or dental fact that I have recently learned or researched in greater detail. This semester, I am taking neuroscience, physiology, a dentures course, pharmacology, dental occlusion, anesthesiology, and periodontology. Facts may or may not be related to any one of these topics.
Temporal Mandibular Joint (or TMJ) disorders can include a wide variety of conditions and symptoms. Pain, clicking, headaches, vertigo, and poor muscle function are just a few of the complaints made by patients suffering from a TMJ disorder, which can be the result of poor alignment of teeth, trauma to the jaw, bruxing (or teeth grinding), or even hereditary issues. If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a TMJ related condition, see your local dentist or head and neck specialist.