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Inside your jaw is a joint called the temporomandibular joint. It acts as a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Because of this joint, we can move our lower jaw side-to-side, backward and forward.

When you have a disorder in the joint, it causes misalignment, which means your jaw can’t move properly. This disorder is called TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder.

You may have TMJ if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Pain in jaw, face or ear
  • Tenderness in your jaw muscle
  • Facial swelling
  • Frequent headaches

After a diagnosis of TMJ, we can fix an uneven bite by reshaping some of your teeth or using orthodontic treatment. A bite splint or bite plate may be recommended to reduce clenching or grinding of teeth.

TMJ can be managed by eating softer foods, avoiding chewing gum, applying hot or cold packs, minimising extreme jaw movements such as singing and practising relaxation techniques to control jaw tension.

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