The joint between the lower jaw and the temporal cavity (in front of the ear) is commonly called the TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint. If there is disorderly function, you may feel pain or discomfort. Unfortunately, more than half of the population suffers from TMJ disorder, but only a small percentage will see a professional about it.
Vulnerability factors related to TMJ disorders:
- Problematic chewing
- One or several missing teeth
Also, various external sources may lead to TMJ disorders: fatigue, jaw trauma, stress (frequent jaw-clenching), cold and humidity, gum-chewing habit or biting fingernails, playing certain musical instruments, underwater diving with a snorkel, emotional shock, etc.
If you think you’re at a risk of developing issues relating to TMJ, please share you concerns with Dr. Cyr – he’ll be happy to decide with you the best solution to your situation.