Bruxism, TMJ and Occlusion
More than 50% of the population suffers from problems of the masticatory system. Anomalies with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) can produce limitations in masticatory and phonatory functions, with symptoms including: headaches, neck, ear, and shoulder pain, grinding or clenching of the teeth, audible jaw clicks when opening and closing, etc.
Its origin can be very varied although we know that tension, stress, and alterations in the position of the teeth are closely related.
The most frequent pathology is bruxism, the habit of clenching and grinding teeth.
Patients usually report acute pain of the temporomandibular joint or chewing muscles radiating to the face, ear, head and neck.
Over 50% of headaches are caused by this etiology. .