Relief of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Need diagnosis. You need a diagnosis by a dentist or oral surgeon. But the relief of pain, which is the most common symptom, often responds to heat and analgesics such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) alleve, ibuprofen, etc. But, because this problem represents several different disorders of the dental apparatus, you need a specific diagnosis so that specific and appropriate treatment can be administered.
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.
Palliative care. Try moist heat, anti inflammatory meds, rest, limit opening, try not to yawn, eat soft foods, get massages. Do not chew gum or other chewy, hard foods. Also, consider seeking professional care.

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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...
Jaw pain. The primary cause is muscular hyper- or parafunction, as in the case of bruxism, with secondary effects on the oral musculoskeletal system, like various types of displacement of the disc in the temporomandibular joint. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain, which is the most common tmd symptom, combined with impairment of function. Read more...
TMJ? Any dysfunction of the jaw joint. . 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. See an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for advice. Read more...

What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Generally. Stress. Assuming no birth defects in the joint. Sometimes a trauma to the face. 99% of people are treated with a night guard and recover 100%. Read more...
Also.. It could be from an injury or a combination of things related to factors like facial growth, stress, and hormones. It can be treated in a number of ways and the best option depends upon the conditions of the patient. Treatment options include surgery, an option of last resort, splint therapy, and prolo therapy. I would suggest talking to a dentist familiar with these options. 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...

How to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

TMJ. The first step is to see your dentist or a dentist who specializes in TMJ and get evaluated. 99% of people need only a night guard to prevent grinding and clenching that result in unusual wear and loss of tooth structure at the gum line. Generally stress (the american disease) is the cause so try to control your stress;exercise, meditate or whatever works for you. 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...

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...
Not much. Tmj is a layman's term, and refers to the joint itself. Tm dysfunction involves the joint and it's internal structures as well as external ones, the surrounding musculature and fascia of the face, neck, shoulders and back? It can becaused by a bad bite and is related to posture, vertebral alignment and head position as well. Also, it's associated with tooth clenching and grinding and migraines. Read more...
Same thing. These usually refer to the same thing. Tmd is the disfunction of the tmj, the jaw joint. They can be multiple contributing factors including trauma, poor growth patterns of the face, clenching the teeth, poor nutrition, and stress. Read more...
Anatomy. Tmj refers to the temporomandibular joints, where the upper bone (maxilla- temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible) meet and function...The joints. This is a simplistic description and you should look this up on the web for a more definitive anatomical answer. Better terms for symptoms associated with the TMJ mechanism are tmd (temporomandibular dysfunction, ) or TMJ syndrome. Read more...
A few things. 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...
TMD or TMJ? The difference between TMD and TMJ. TMD refers to temporomandibular joint disease or temporomandibular joint, anatomical structure. Read more...

What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction to develop?

Usually overuse. Usually overuse from gum chewing, teeth grinding tension or stress. People who like chewy and crunchy foods are a more risk. Crunching ice etc.... The key to treatment is first to try a softer diet. Read more...
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...
Few thoughts. 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...

What are the common symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Several. Tmd or TMJ usually is a true joint disorder or a dental problem that refers pain to the side of the face (otalgia). The most common symptoms are a dull ache near the ear and clicking of the jaw joint. The problem is often seen by ENT doctors because of the referred pain to the side of the face that causes the patient to think the ear is involved. See a dentist for a diagnosis. Read more...
Long list. The list is long and varied. You need not have them all. You may find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth. You can have joint pain in front of your ear or an earache. Also, headaches & neck/shoulder painare common. Limited jaw opening or deviation on opening can occur. Tender or tight jaw, neck or shoulder muscles. Noise in jaw joints is common. Your jaw can get stuck open/closed. Read more...
TMJ 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 more...

Can you tell me how I could fix my temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

Diagnose the problem. In order to fix your TMJ dysfunction, one has to know what kind of problem you are having and what caused it or is causing it. TMJ dysfunction can be due to a number of different etiologies, so therapy can vary. You can start with your dentist who may be able to diagnose and possibly treat you, or be referred to someone who has more experience in treating TMJ disorders. Read more...
TMJ expert. Complex problems. Modalities of treatment include meds, physical therapy, splints, injections, occasional surgery. See a TMJ expert.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...

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...
See your dentist . If you are experiencing issues with your jaw joint(s), you should see your dentist to have them evaluate your symptoms and prescribe a course of treatment. Tmj treatments vary widely depending upon the particular symptomology. Good luck! Read more...
Research. Tmj/tmd exhibits a multitude of symptoms. You can go to websites and read up on some of the common symptoms, but a thorough evaluation by a specialist is highly recommended. Some symptoms, such as an infected tooth, cysts, and other causes may mimic 'tmj.' my website, www.Jbassmantmj.Com shows a symptom list, but you really should be examined to rule TMJ or not. Read more...

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...