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TMD: Temporomandibular disorders, or tmd, are a broad range of problems that can occur with the temporomandibular joint, or tmj. They can manifest as pain in the jaw or ear, headaches, jaw joint clicking, popping or grating, locking of the jaw closed or open, and changes in the occlusion, or bite. They can usually be managed by a soft, non-chewing diet, moist heat and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. ...Read more
Diagnosis is key:
Tmd is a collection of disorders related to the jaw. It can include muscles, the jaw join, and ligaments or tendons. Treatment depends upon the diagnosis because different diagnosis respond better to some treatment than others.
Prior to starting treatment make sure you have a diagnosis and tmd or TMJ is not a diagnosis. ...Read more
Of course: Any dentist and a prosthodontist can help identify the source of the TMJ pain, disc derangement with a thorough facial exam and appropriate x-rays. ...Read more
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
TX can vary: The cause of your tmj/tmd, if known and the duration of your problem, may dictate the treatment. Often treatment for TMJ can vary from person to person and also may sometimes involve seeing other doctors. Physical therapy, tens, ultrasound therapy, exercises, and mouthpieces are the most standard types of treatment. You may need combinations of all. ...Read more
Variety of ways:
A thorough examination beyond what is typically done is usually necessary. This exam would check things like the history of what has happened to your jaw, as well as listening to the sounds it makes. Often there are measurements of the range of motion. Usually other inspection of your bite alignment too.
The exam also checks a variety of muscles that affect the TMJ as well. ...Read more
From mayoclinic. Com:
signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
pain or tenderness of your jaw
aching pain in and around your ear
difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing
aching facial pain
locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth. ...Read more
Of course: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, popping/clicking noise in the jaw joint and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more
Anatomy vs symptoms: When I explain tmj/tmd to my patients, I tell them that everyone has TMJ (unless some type of mutation, cancer or accident.) TMJ is the anatomy of the jaw joints- (t) temporal bone on upper maxilla; (m) mandible- lower jaw; (j) joints- where the two meet in a complex of tendons, ligaments, etc. Tmd are the symptoms exhibited by someone who has a problem with the TMJ complex- locking, popping. ...Read more
Simple solution: See OFP specialist. Orofacial Pain provides diagnosis and management of pain in the face, TMJ disorders, locking jaw as well as, associated headaches and neck pain. Orofacial pain patients can be treated with conservative, non-surgical and reversible procedures. They are the experts in this field. ...Read more
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
A few ideas: 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
I was recently been diagnosed with TMJ disorder. I am in pain from this up to a few times a day and seems to get worse. What can I do for relief?
Soft diet etc: 1) soft diet - no chewing for 2 weeks 2) antiinflammatory medication around the clock (motrin or alleve or advil) 3) ice, a bag of frozen peas against the jaw joint for 20 minutes four times a day 4) dental evaluation and possibly an nti occlusal device to prevent clenching and/or grinding while you sleep. ...Read more
How often and how long is it OK to have TMJ disorder before I should seek help? I get TMJ a few times a year and now it's been twenty days I've had it.
It is time to see: Oral surgeon, now innovative treatment techniques are available, speak to your dentist first to guide your treatment and no need to suffer. ...Read more
TMJ/TMD: It can get worse by just functions of the jaw- eating, chewing, yawning, singing, playing a musical instrument, trauma, yelling...Get the picture? Even a slight popping over the years can slowly develop into a locking or limitation of opening or trouble closing the jaw. I would see a dentist or tmj/tmd specialist before it gets worse and becomes much harder to treat. ...Read more
Possibly: If you can't complete a yawn because you cannot open wide, that can be a symptom of a TMj disorder. ...Read more
My gf has a TMJ disorder from a car accident last year, what can we do to make the discomfort go away?
See OFP specialist: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more
Posture and TMJ: There is a direct correlation. When the dental bite is collapsed, the head moves forward and the cervical spine is altered, affected and damaged if this is long term. The dental bite changes as the head us uprighted and returns to normal over the long axis of the body. Maintaining good posture is supportive of a healthy TMJ and vice versa. ...Read more
No: Tmj (temporal-mandibular joint) symptoms are not usually associated with raynaud's disease. Some of the medical conditions that can cause raynaud's syndrome are types of arthritis or autoimmune disorders, so there is a chance that a patient can have tm joint symptoms. Emotional stress can trigger raynaud's symptoms, and some people do have stress-related habits that worsen their TMJ symptoms. ...Read more
When the pain's gone: Controversy abounds in dentistry as to the role of occlusion in TMJ disorders. The more conservative view recommends a very accurate diagnosis. Dysfunction of muscles, bones or nerves can trigger pain. Many types of arthritis, some which need medical management, can effect the jaws. Bite appliances, self management and medications are proven to help. ...Read more
No connection: There is no TMJ reported by people who take Fosamax (alendronate) yet. For TMJ diagnosis and treatment see your dentist for consultation. ...Read more
List: Causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Causes may include, misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding (bruxism), poor posture, stress or anxiety, arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders, excessive gum chewing. Treatment can be complex and beyond the scope of this answer. See a TMJ expert for guidance. ...Read more
Last option: Tmj surgery should be the last option after all conservative procedures have been attempted. True, if there has been severe trauma, then some surgery cannot wait. A thorough history and exam, including x-rays, an mri, etc. May be needed to determine if surgery should be considered. ...Read more