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what is tmj (temporomandibular joint)? what kind of health probides handle tmj disorders and what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
TMJ\TMD: The term "tmj" stands for temporomandibular joint, and is the name of the two joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Many people suffer from tmd (temporomandibular dysfunction) which referes to a host of problems such as pain on opening\closing, joint noises, locking of the jaw, etc. General dentists, orthodontists, prosthodontists (and mfos) can treat this. A few specialize in this.
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Jaw pain by the ear: The TMJ describes the anatomical junction of 4 muscles on each side of the jaw bone. Problems can be as simple as 'popping' noises to complex situations that require surgery. Most TMJ issues are very complex and successful treatment may include all facets of oral surgery, dentistry and physical therapy. But certainly, early detection is key to identifying problems before they become severe.
Dr. Elizabeth Robles
Orthodontics 26 years experience
TMJ: Tmj or temporomandibular joint is the actual area of the jaw joint in front of the ear - the dental professional that usually can help determine the cause, as there are many causative factors, would be an orthodontist to start. There are many causes and symptoms of tmd (temporomandibular dysfunction), but the best place could be a referral from your general dentist or an orthodontist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Jaw Joint: The TMJ is the jaw joints. Any patient can have treatment regardless of other health conditions. The classic triad of TMJ symptoms are joint pain, limited oral opending and joint noises. Many other symptoms possible.

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