Estimates indicate that more than 10 million Americans have temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, though a specific number is not known, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Women seem to have TMJ disorders more often than men.Continue Reading
TMJ is sometimes caused by a jaw or temporomandibular joint injury, explains the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Scientists are also researching a possible link between TMJ and female hormones. As of 2015, however, scientists generally do not understand what causes TMJ.
TMJ usually does not signify a serious underlying health condition and its discomfort often goes away without medical treatment, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Self-care commonly eases symptoms, though some individuals have prolonged, significant TMJ symptoms.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases