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What's the difference between tmd and tmj and how do their treatment differ?

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Dr. Jonathan Neman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Wording: Tmj - is the joint vs tmd - disorder referring to the joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull. Treatment varies for tmd.

Answered 4/17/2015

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

Specializes in Dentistry

None: Tmj is an outdated discription of what today is regarded as tmd or temporomandibular disorder. Tmj actually refers to the anatomical area involved, the temporomandibular joint.

Answered 10/21/2012

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Dr. Kayvon Javid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

TMD: Temporomandibular disorders (tmd) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or tmj) . There are many different treatments for tmd consult with a dentist or ent.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Manuel Sousa answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

TMD is syndrome: Tmd describes the syndrome of joint dysfunction whereas TMJ refers to the temporo-mandibular joint.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

TMJ - TMD: TMJ is an anatomical structure temporo-mandibular joint. TMD is temporo-mandibular disorder that may include joint, muscles, nerves and ligaments or any combination. Proper diagnosis is the key for a proper treatment.

Answered 8/18/2014

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Same: TMD and TMJ are different names for the same spectrum of disorders. Therefore treatments are the same.

Answered 4/3/2015

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