Missing teeth affects your ability to chew correctly and your jaw movement, which will start to affect your TMJ joint. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint found at the base of the skull that connects the jawbone to the skull. Found on either side, it eases movement of the lower jawbone. Disorders affecting this joint prevent its movement, which causes pain to the sufferer.
This joint is unique, compared to other joints found within the body, because of its structure and functionality. It is essentially a hinge that helps the unhindered up and down movement of the lower jawbone.
How it works:
The articulation of two surfaces forms the movement of the TMJ, i.e., mandibular fossa and the articular tubercle. Found between these surfaces is the articular disk that facilitates the smooth, unhindered movement of the jaw. In opening and closing the mouth, the TMJ has to move forward and downward then upward and backward. This unique series of movements makes it very prone to dysfunction.
Similar to other joints, the TMJ can fracture or dislocate due to various factors causing discomfort. Temporomandibular joint disorders can be recognized by....Want to read more? Click on the following link to get your copy of Lydie Livolsi's book "IF TEETH LOSS AND CHEWING LOSS LEAD TO MEMORY LOSS, WHAT ABOUT ROOT CANAL? on Amazon: