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

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 it possible for braces to cause temporomandibular joint disorders (tmj)?

Is it possible for braces to cause temporomandibular joint disorders (tmj)?

Yes: Orthodontic treatments to stable relationships can be part of the correction for TMJ problems. Orthodontics that place the joint in a compromised position can be part of the cause. ...Read more

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How to treat temporomandibular joint disorders? I got the symptomps already for 2 years n it becomes more hurt recently.. :(

How to treat temporomandibular joint disorders? I got the symptomps already for 2 years n it becomes more hurt recently.. :(

Go to your dentist.: Tmj are usually treated initially by dentists. Warm compresses sometimes help . The dentist will determine if there are poor alignments in the teeth and may prescribe splints. Psychological help can help by relaxation techniques and muscle relaxants. There are other medications used as well when the usual treatment does not work. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does temporomandibular joint disorders or jaw cracking change what your jaw looks like from the outside?

Does temporomandibular joint disorders or jaw cracking change what your jaw looks like from the outside?

Not generally, no.: Tmj disorders, or temporomandibular disorders, generally don't change the shape or appearance of the jaw unless advanced degenerative changes occur in the joint. If the joint severely deteriorates, as in advanced osteoarthritis, then that can cause the jaw to shift downward and backward, causing the angle of the jaw to increase and possibly creating an anterior open bite. ...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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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 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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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 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 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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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 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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Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) help needed. Dont want to take pills. Wear splint?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) help needed. Dont want to take pills. Wear splint?

Many options: When it comes to TMJ problems, according to the severity of the case, treatment can vary from..Night guards, splints, heat and or steroids therapy.. ...Read more

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Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain but lots of tightness--what to use besides guard?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain but lots of tightness--what to use besides guard?

Several Things...: You're very fortunate if you are pain free. I generally prescribe muscle relaxants like cyclobenzaprine (flexeril) for muscle tightness. You can also apply moist heat (much better than ice) to your facial or jaw muscles to relax them. Also, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen (advil) or Naproxen (aleve) may be beneficial. ...Read more

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How long does TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain last and whatcan I do to get rid of it?

How long does TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain last and whatcan I do to get rid of it?

TMD treatment: Most instances of pain in the tm joints and associated muscles are self limiting and will go away on there own. Treatmments such as bite adjustments, orthodontics and surgery are very seldom necessary. Studies have shown that the bite relationship has very little if any relationship to tmds. Treatment should alsways be a conservative as possible; physical therapy, rest, medications if needed. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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How can I tell if I have temporomandibular joint disorder?

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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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Is it possible that temporomandibular joint disorder is caused by stress and anxiety?

See below: Stress and anxiety are risk factors associated with TMJ and there is additional data supporting structural TMJ problems caused by anxiety. ...Read more

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What happens at a massage therapy session for temporomandibular joint disorder?

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Stretching: The muscles that surround the TMJ joint are used for chewing so they're very strong and often get too tight. The therapist will massage these facial muscles and gently stretch them to loosen them up, relieving pressure on the joint. They may also use heat and ultrasound to help. ...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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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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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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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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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 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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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