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Please share an interesting fact about tmj syndrome.

57 doctor answers63 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
TMJ: Tmj problems frequently present as ear pain, it's TMJ if it hurts when you bite down.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Bruxism: Bruxism means tooth grinding.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
TMJ: Tmj can present with ear pain.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
TMJ: Tmj "is short for temporomandibular joint, so in real life everyone has "tmj!".
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
The: The only time your teeth should touch is when you swallow.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
TMJ: Tmj means tempero-mandibular joint. Tmd means tempero-mandibular disease.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
TMJ: Tmj is not an accurate diagnosis but a group of problems related to the jaw joint.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
A: That a bad bite leads to TMJ problems is not necessarily true.
Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 21 years experience
Get: Get an athletic mouth guard & use @ bedtime. Will prevent grating your teeth while you sleep.
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 15 years experience
TMJ: Tmj syndrome is untreatable? This is a myth, see your dentist for possible cures and treatment.
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 15 years experience
Most: Most TMJ syndrome is easily treated, and discomfort can be almost completely removed, in many cases.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Avoid: Avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods and chewing gum.
Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dentistry 23 years experience
Tmj: Tmj issues (tmd) can cause vertigo and dizziness.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Save: Save maintenance costs over your lifetime. See an orthodontic specialist for straightening now.
Dr. Kathryn Akin
38 years experience
Consider: Consider acupuncture, meditation, hypnosis, physical therapy, mental imagery, and others.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
TMJ: Tmj is most commonly a condition of overuse of the jaw muscles. Soften diet and stop chewing gum.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
Work: Work on reducing stress and you will have less teeth grinding to bother your tmj.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Pain: Pain clinics are good to treat the pain.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Biofeedback,: Biofeedback, mindfulness meditation, massage, yoga & relaxation routine with hot shower before bed.
Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric 20 years experience
One: One of the most common causes of ear pain in patients seen at the ent's office is TMJ pain.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
TMJ: Myth: dental malocclusion always causes tmj. Fact: jaw muscle spam may be a cause.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
If: If teeth/jaws misaligned, be proactive. Ask your dentist for referral to an orthodontic specialist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
1/3: 1/3 of all patients in an orthodontist's office are adults.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Soft: Soft food, a straw, mouth piece @ nite, and listen 2 ur TMJ provider.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Do: Do TMJ strengthening exercises use bite splint at night put warm application to tmj.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
It's: It's often mistaken for an ear problem per se. Patients are often surprised when told about tmj.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yoga,: Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and stress management can help ease symptoms of TMJ syndrome.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
TMJ: Tmj that is behavior (grinding or clenching) can be eased thru stress management and meditation.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 36 years experience
Chew: Chew with your knife and fork more(smaller bites) to reduce the stress on your jaw joints.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 36 years experience
TMJ: Tmj issues, with symptoms, is most common in females of child bearing age.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
There: There is actually an intra-articular disc in your tmjoint that can be a cause of pain when injured.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Botox: Botox can be an effective treatment for pain relief and muscle relaxation.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Surgical: Surgical correction of TMJ should be your last option. Exhaust the other treatment methods first!
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 31 years experience
Get: Get diagnosed correctly and treated promptly.. It will not get better by itself.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
TMJ: Tmj syndrome can be caused by infection in the teeth/gums, poor muscle/nerve relation and trauma.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Craniomandibular: Craniomandibular dysfunction is another name for tmj.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Avoid: Avoid chewing gum or ice. Our jaws weren't meant to be chewing all day long.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
A: A myth about TMJ is that orthodontic therapy can't help. In many cases, a poor bite is the cause.
Dr. Anna Flor Salcedo
24 years experience
Cut: Cut foods in small pieces to avoid excessive chewing, ergo, less pain.
Dr. Michael Jaindl
38 years experience
Heat,soft: Heat, soft diet, avoid biting from a wide open position, anti-inflammatory meds, oral appliance at night.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 20 years experience
Cold: Cold and hot compression would help with jaw pain depending on the severity of inflammation.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 20 years experience
Ignore: It's a myth that: if i had gotten my wisdom teeth out when i was young i wouldn't have TMJ disorder.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: Make the last thing you think about before going to sleep be, "if i grind my teeth i will wake up.".
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Ignore: Tmj? Avoid chewy foods like caramels, gummi bears. Steam veggies to soften and maintain nutrition.
Dr. William Jakavick
38 years experience
Ignore: Tmj syndrome requires ongoing care and treatment to keep you comfortable.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 34 years experience
Ignore: Most people don't grind their teeth. Most people clench their teeth.
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
Neurology 17 years experience
Ignore: Chiropractice and osteopathic therapy may be helpful in some cases.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Ignore: A lot of the time the dentist causes TMJ syndrome. Can be bad ortho or high filling.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Ignore: Test a 1$ night-guard from your local pharmacy. Only wear if it provides relief. Call a dentist.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: Acupuncture can be of benefit in certain patients with refractory TMJ syndrome.
Dr. Donald Collins
Dr. Donald Collinsanswered
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Ignore: TMJ gives pain along the jaw and into the head. It can be mistaken for a heart attack or migraine.
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ignore: Your dentist can help with splints.
Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ignore: Bite on something about 1/2" thick with firm pressure for 10 min to release muscle spasm in jaw.
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Ignore: By far the most common cause of tmj syndrome is "grinding" of teeth at night!
Dr. William Coutts ii
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Ignore: Magnesium supplements will help relax the muscles controlling the joint and help relieve the pain.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Ignore: The most common cause of ear pain not caused by an ear disorder is TMJ disorders.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 42 years experience
Ignore: TMJ syndrome can cause severe head and neck aches.
Last updated Jan 16, 2019
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