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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. Tmjd is TMJ dysfunc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Symptoms: Jaw pain, especially at area of the joint; popping/clicking of jaw; ear pain, or sounds of cracking in the ears: ringing/popping sounds in the ears (tinnitus) or a sense of fullness in the ears: headaches; blurred vision: tight, stiff, or sore jaw or neck muscles: facial pain, cheek pain, or chin numbness or tingling: shoulder pain; locking or dislocation of the jaw (usually after widely yawning). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Stress is one factor that appears to be associated with tmd's. There are also many other factors such as hormones, genetics, medications, tobacco use and others. It seems that there are some people that are suseptable to these issues while others are not. Usually these symptoms are self limiting and resolve on their own. If they do not, consult with your dentist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, it can mimic: TMJ due to the anatomical proximity. Because temporal arteries rarely occurs in individuals under age 40, any new onset headache or TMJ disorder in a patient over the age of 50 warrants investigation into the presence of this disease. You are only 20, and temporal arteries is unlikely your diagnosis. See an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation of TMJ and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you recommend a method to reduce TMJ symptoms and/or preventing future degeneration of the joint?
In regard to cervicogenic headaches, in which areas of the head/face does the pain usually occur? Can it be related to or coincide w/tmj symptoms?
Absolutely: Tmj is a descending structural problem that can extend down the body. Most TMJ pts have cervical instability and present with kyphotic spines. Cervicogenic headache usually are at the base of the head. Tmj at in the temples but you can't always separarate the two. Unstable jaw position leads to an unstable neck and eventually postural changes down the body. Recommend treating TMJ and chiropractic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been clinching my teeth for a while and have had TMJ symptoms off and on. How does a mouth piece stop me from clinching. Is that the best way to stop the symptoms. ?
Can't stop clinching: Mouth guard will distribute the clinching forces evenly in your mouth and remove the stress off of your TMJ is the simplest explanation. Clinching and grinding is a complex mechanism involving the position of your tmjoint and the way your teeth interdigitate and the forces involved. Clinching also damages the teeth by breaking the enamel at the gum line so the mouthguard protect teeth from this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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