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How Much Do You Know About TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder refers to a dysfunction in the components of your jaw, which can affect its movement and operation as well as your comfort. Because of the disturbance that it causes, TMJ disorder can lead to a variety of symptoms that can make it painful to bite, chew, and speak properly. Today, we quiz your knowledge of the jaw joint dysfunction, its various causes and symptoms, and how you can finally find relief with help from your dentist.

A TMJ Disorder Quiz

1.) Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Where are your TMJs located?

a.) Midway along your jaw line                                                    c.) Behind each ear

b.) In front of your ears                                                                 d.) Near your sinuses

2.) What is the name of the nerve that innervates your jaw and much of your craniofacial structure, which accounts for TMJ disorder’s various symptoms?

a.) Trigeminal nerve                                                                      c.) Cranial nerve

b.) Maxillary nerve                                                                       d.) Temporomandibular nerve

3.) Which of the following symptoms is NOT commonly associated with TMJ disorder?

a.) Migraines                                                                                 c.) Stuffy nose

b.) Earaches                                                                                   d.) Locked jaw

Answers

1.) In front of your ears—TMJs derive their name from the parts of your jaw they connect—your lower jaw, or mandible, and the temporal bones of your skull, which are located at the temples just in front of each ear.

2.) Trigeminal nerve—As the name suggests, the trigeminal nerve consists of three branches, one of which innervates your jaw. The other two branches pass through much of your craniofacial structure, and when your jaw malfunctions, the pain can be transmitted throughout the trigeminal nerve’s paths.

3.) Stuffy nose—Because of the disturbance to your trigeminal nerve, TMJ disorder’s symptoms can range from chronic migraines and earaches to difficulty moving your jaw. A stuffy nose, however, is not a direct result of TMJ discomfort.

Learn More by Visiting Your Dentist

Learn more about TMJ disorder and its possible connection to your discomfort by speaking with your dentist during your next visit. To schedule your appointment, call Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, today at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.