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Can you tell me how I could fix my temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Can you tell me how I could fix my temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Diagnose the problem: In order to fix your TMJ dysfunction, one has to know what kind of problem you are having and what caused it or is causing it. TMJ dysfunction can be due to a number of different etiologies, so therapy can vary. You can start with your dentist who may be able to diagnose and possibly treat you, or be referred to someone who has more experience in treating TMJ disorders. ...Read more

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Relief of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Relief of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Need diagnosis: You need a diagnosis by a dentist or oral surgeon. But the relief of pain, which is the most common symptom, often responds to heat and analgesics such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) alleve, ibuprofen, etc. But, because this problem represents several different disorders of the dental apparatus, you need a specific diagnosis so that specific and appropriate treatment can be administered. ...Read more

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What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction tmj?

What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction tmj?

Common problem: Tmj stands for temperomandibular joint, but is often used to describe tmd. The d stands for dysfunction. Tmd is an inflamation of the jaw joint. It can be arthritic with wear and tear on the cartilage and bone, or due to muscle spasm of the overlying muscles. Sometimes if feels like an earache, or a headache on the side of your head above the ear. ...Read more

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How to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

How to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

A few ideas: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more

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What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction TMJ vs tmd?

What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction TMJ vs tmd?

Mostly the same: Tmj is the name of the place where the lower jaw (mandible) meets with the skull. Tmd is a disorder of that joint. It's caused by lots of things, including the forces of chewing and grinding one's teeth. If you think you have this, stop chewing gum and very chewy foods then start with simple measures like otc Ibuprofen and warm compresses. In the end, most need a custom guard to protect teeth. ...Read more

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What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction to develop?

Number of causes: Tmj dysfunction and pathology can have a number of causes. Some of these may include, congenital anomalies, trauma, abnormal habits, occlusion or bite problems that may be teeth and/or skeletal related, autoimmune diseases (arthritis, etc), tumors, and certain lifestyles. Unfortunately, having some dental procedures peformed may also initiate some symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

What are the  common symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Several: Tmd or TMJ usually is a true joint disorder or a dental problem that refers pain to the side of the face (otalgia). The most common symptoms are a dull ache near the ear and clicking of the jaw joint. The problem is often seen by ENT doctors because of the referred pain to the side of the face that causes the patient to think the ear is involved. See a dentist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if i need clarification for my temporomandibular joint dysfunction or tmj. Please help!?

What to do if i need clarification for my temporomandibular joint dysfunction or tmj. Please help!?

See a dentist: Have you been to a dentist and have you been diagnosed with tm dysfunction? If not, you should see a dentist to discuss your symptoms, have a thorough evaluation and then treatment options can be presented. ...Read more

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Can I use a tens to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Can I use a tens to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Yes: Yes. Non invasive. No harm trying. Helps mostly as an adjunct to comprehensive TMJ treatment. ...Read more

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Could my Temporomandibular joint dysfunction Be effecting my hearing?

Could my Temporomandibular joint dysfunction Be effecting my hearing?

TMJ and hearing: TMJ dysfunction can feel like an earache, but generally does not affect the hearing. However, chronic TMJ can cause many head and neck disruptions, so it would not be surprising if it affected your hearing if there was advanced inflammation of the TMJ. If you are having hearing issues, you should see an ENT specialist, and you should see a dentist to treat your TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more

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