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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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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 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 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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How can I tell if I have temporomandibular joint disorder?

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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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 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 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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