May 22, 2021

When eating or yawning

Pain in the joint of the jaw bone is called TMD – Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction. It is associated with high stress levels which create tension in the muscles around the joint. This joints can also become stressed when the bite of the teeth is not in harmony with the swing of the jaw. This can happen with crowded teeth, orthodontic movements of teeth, or extensive dental work. Anything that stresses the joint should be avoided – like opening too wide, or clenching the teeth. The aim of treatment is to reduce stress levels, and take pressure of the joint. A dental grinding splint or occlusal splint may be advised.