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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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