The temporomandibular joint or jaw joint allows you to open and close your mouth, speak, swallow and chew food. Dysfunction of the joint may result in symptoms like clicking and popping sounds, headaches, neck and facial pain, locking of the jaw and ringing in the ears. The TM joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments and bones that work together as a system. Because of this complex system a problem in one area can cause symptoms elsewhere. Many things can trigger TMJ disorder, such as trauma to the face, whiplash, bad posture, uneven bite (malocclusion) the teeth not being able to properly support the jaw. This can occur from missing teeth, misaligned teeth, or back teeth that are too short. When this condition is prolonged, the body begins to compensate by involving muscles in other areas the neck, throat, upper and lower back, arms, etc. If you suffer from head, neck, or facial pain, Markham 7 Dental in Markham can help to relieve symptoms and restore optimum function. If you have any questions about your temporomandibular joint or the disorder, speak to one of the Markham 7 Dental team members today!