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What are the TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

What are the TMJ syndrome  (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

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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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 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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Is bruxism (teeth-grinding) & TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) related?

Is bruxism (teeth-grinding) & TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) related?

Yes: When you clench or grind you load your jaw joint and muscles in your cheek with a tremendous amount of pressure. This pressure can eventually lead to a tremendous pain in the joint. Clicking, limited opening, and pain can be troublesome and a dds should be consulted for help. Hope all is well. ...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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Relief of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Relief of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

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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Temporomandibular question what's tmj, tmjd or tmd)?

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Temporomandibular  question what's tmj, tmjd or tmd)?

TMJ vs TMD vs TMJD: TMJ is temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. TMD, TMJD which stands for temporomandibular joint Disorder or Dysfunction, as a result of problems with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles that control chewing, speaking and moving the jaw. ...Read more

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

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 are symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease (tmd)?

What are symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease (tmd)?

Typical symptoms: This includes pain with movement or chewing of the jaw, a limited mouth opening, pain in front of the ear, headaches, and possibly neck pain. Swelling is less common. ...Read more

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Can jaw locking be a symptom of TMJ syndrome? Other symptoms?

Can jaw locking be a symptom of TMJ syndrome? Other symptoms?

Yes: There's no question that jaw locking , open lock or a closed lock is definitely a symptom of temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (tmj or tmd). ...Read more

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What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

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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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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My jaw keeps clicking. Is this a symptom of TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)?

My jaw keeps clicking. Is this a symptom of TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)?

Yes: The clicking noise is made when you open or close your mandible, the noise come because the disk that covers the mandibular condyle is slipping off or if it s squeezed while the mandible is moving. This is not a normal condition of your joints. If you have pain you need to seek help and in general an occlusal guard professionally made can do the trick. ...Read more

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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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Why are ear symptoms associated with tm joint disorders?

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Why are ear symptoms associated with tm joint disorders?

Pain, tinnitus: Tmj problems can be associated with ear pain in the associated ear which can radiate to almost anywhere on the same side of the head. Tinnitus (ringing of the ears) can also occur. ...Read more

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Trigeminal neuralgia or temporomandibular joint disorder (lock jaw), what to do?

Trigeminal neuralgia or temporomandibular joint disorder (lock jaw), what to do?

My Healing Recipe: "You are not just a jaw or head!" Your confusing problems need holistic help. Start self-care with a Wellness Program of Vits, Magnesium supplements, sleep hygiene, exercise, massage, yoga, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching, Chiropractor. I’ve truly witnessed the healing power of myofascial acupuncture within this recipe!!!! The healing recipe will expose the diagnosis or all will just melt away. ...Read more

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How is TMJ (temporal mandibular joint dysfunction) corrected without surgery?

Improves symptoms: The anatomy of the problem is usually unchanged. Treatment helps symptoms while your bodies healing can take over. ...Read more

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My jaw feels locked most of the time. Could this be possible TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

TMJ Dysfunction: Yes. Your description is certainly relevant to TMJ syndrome or dysfunction. "locking" of the joint can happen when the cartilaginous disk that rests between the bones that make up this joint becomes displaced, which can make opening your jaw difficult or painful. Currently, there are several different treatment options available. I recommend a consultation with a qualified specialist in TMJ tx. ...Read more

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Is jaw pain a symptom of fibromyalgia or tmj?

Is jaw pain a symptom of fibromyalgia or tmj?

Possibly both: It is not uncommon for fibromyalgia patients to have jaw pain. Tmj syndrome can be associated with arthritic changes or disc changes to the jaw itself which would be different then the source of pain for a fibromyalgia patient. See your physician or dentist to help sort out the source of the jaw pain. ...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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