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What is the temporomandibular joint?

What is the temporomandibular joint?

The jaw joint: It is the joint that allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move. The temporalis muscle is the largest of the chewing muscles at attaches to the joint. Hence temporal mandibular. ...Read more

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What is temporomandibular joint disorder?

What is temporomandibular joint disorder?

Inflammation: Temporomandicular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common inflammatory condition of the joint between your jaw bone and your skull at the temples. This joint is subject to trauma, overuse, arthritis, etc. Just like any other joint. If you suspect this condition, see your family doctor or internist for treatment options and a possible referral. ...Read more

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Where is the temporomandibular joint in the face/head?

Where is the temporomandibular joint in the face/head?

Near ear opening: If you put your index fingertips in your ear canals and then slide them forward just out of the canals you will be on/near the joints. If you then open/close, you will feel them move. If you go side to side with your lower jaw you will feel how they move differently at the same time. Have fun ! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have temporomandibular joint disorder?

How can I tell if I have temporomandibular joint disorder?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck clicking and popping, difficulty to swallow, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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How painful is the typical temporomandibular joint disorder?

How painful is the typical temporomandibular joint disorder?

Can be painful: Tmj, temporomandibular joint disorder can cause pain in the joint at rest or while chewing. Typical management includes soft diet, use of antiinflammatories like Motrin and warm compress. If pain persists, see your provider or an oral maxillofacial surgeon for work-up and additional management. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I have temporomandibular joint disorder? How can I tell?

Please tell me if I have temporomandibular joint disorder? How can I tell?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Common symptoms of TMJ disorders are: pain, limited jaw opening, Clicking, popping noises, etc. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Generally: Stress. Assuming no birth defects in the joint. Sometimes a trauma to the face. 99% of people are treated with a night guard and recover 100%. ...Read more

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Why is my temporomandibular joint jaw opening slanted?

Why is my temporomandibular joint jaw opening slanted?

Jaw deviation TMJ: Likely a TMj problem. When one TMJ is involved, the jaw will often deviate to that side. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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What is temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj/tmd)?

What is temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj/tmd)?

Jaw joint: Tmj stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull at two areas or joints. It sometimes refers to conditions that involve this anatomical area that today are referred to as tmd, temporomandibular disorders, a group of various conditions involving the breakdown of any, some or all of the differing components of the tmj. ...Read more

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Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) -- best website for help?

AAOMS: There are many spurious websites out there with questionable information on temporomandibular disorders, or TMJ problems. For an authoritative, reputable and reliable source of information, check out the american association of oral and maxillofacial surgeons website at http://www.Aaoms.Org/tmj. There's lots of good, accurate info there that should be helpful to you. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

TMD: Jaw joint noises, limited mandibular range of motion, jaw muscle soreness and hypertrophy, bite changes, facial symetry changes, difficulty eating and/or speaking, frequent temporalis headaches. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have TMJ (the temporomandibular joint disorder)?

What should I do if I have TMJ (the temporomandibular joint disorder)?

A few things: 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 is the best way to cure temporomandibular joint disorder TMJ or tmd?

What is the best way to cure temporomandibular joint disorder TMJ or tmd?

Treatment: Tmj/tmd can be caused by stress and clenching or grinding of teeth. Sometimes tmd can occur without clinching or grinding. For "treatment" otc nsaids are good for a short amount of time as well as prescription steroids. If symptoms persist, you should be seen by on oral surgeon who specialized in tmd. A fitted mouth guard may be what you need. ...Read more

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What should be done for temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain?

What should be done for temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain?

Early Stages: Before pain develops, understanding tmd helps. Do you grind at night? Prior trauma? Bad bite? Take care of the causes first. Parafunctional habits such as grinding, chewing gum, biting ice/nails, clenching should be avoided. Stick to a diet with minimum chewing- let your knife and fork do most the work! a night guard is often very helpfu. ...Read more

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What is TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)? What happens inside the joint?

What is TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)? What happens inside the joint?

TMD: TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders) refer to pathological problems within and surrounding the joint. Some derangement of structures. Many types. See an oral surgeon for expert advice. ...Read more

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Temporomandibular joint pain. will it last forever or will it go away later by itself after a while?

Temporomandibular joint pain. will it last forever or will it go away later by itself after a while?

Usually improves: Usually improves over time. See a TMJ expert to guide you. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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My sister says she has temporomandibular joint syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has temporomandibular joint syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Maybe: Contributing factors include stress, hormones, habits, and structural abnormalities. It would depend upon the contributing factors that other family members have in-common with your sister. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get temporomandibular joint syndrome? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get temporomandibular joint syndrome?  Is he right?

What symptoms: Your brother may be right, but depends upon what your symptoms are and the cause and duration. I would see a dentist or a tmj/tmd specialist, because your "occasional" once in a while symptoms may become chronic and not go away. ...Read more

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