Temporomandibular Joint Pain


Mouth | Odontologie | Temporomandibular Joint Pain (Symptom)


Description

The jaw joint, medically known as the temporomandibular joint or TMJ, is composed of bone below the mouth (jaw, commonly known as the jaw) and the bone just above the mouth (the jaw). The ATM allows the upper jaw to close in the lower jaw and is one of the most used joints of the body.

Causes

The temporomandibular joints are complex structures containing the muscles, tendons and bones. The injury or disorders of these structures can all cause pain in the jaw area. Further, other medical conditions not related to the ATM may cause pain perceived in the jaw area. One of the most characteristic of them is the pain associated with coronary artery disease or heart attack, which typically occurs in the chest, but may radiate (spread) to the jaw area.

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