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How do you deal with tmd (temporomandibular disorders)?

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In brief: Diagnosis is key

Tmd is a collection of disorders related to the jaw.
It can include muscles, the jaw join, and ligaments or tendons. Treatment depends upon the diagnosis because different diagnosis respond better to some treatment than others. Prior to starting treatment make sure you have a diagnosis and tmd or TMJ is not a diagnosis.

In brief: Diagnosis is key

Tmd is a collection of disorders related to the jaw.
It can include muscles, the jaw join, and ligaments or tendons. Treatment depends upon the diagnosis because different diagnosis respond better to some treatment than others. Prior to starting treatment make sure you have a diagnosis and tmd or TMJ is not a diagnosis.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. David Schleimer
I believe that TMD is a diagnosis, though not a very specific one. TMJ is an anatomic structure (Jaw joint).
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: TMJ Pian

Tmd may include joint noise, pain, and locking symptoms.
Tmd pain is initially managed with a combination of jaw rest, antiinflammatory medication and control of tooth clenching/grinding. Jaw rest includes such measures as diet modification to softer foods, avoidance of chewing gum, etc. Over the counter antiinflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naproxyn can be helpful.

In brief: TMJ Pian

Tmd may include joint noise, pain, and locking symptoms.
Tmd pain is initially managed with a combination of jaw rest, antiinflammatory medication and control of tooth clenching/grinding. Jaw rest includes such measures as diet modification to softer foods, avoidance of chewing gum, etc. Over the counter antiinflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naproxyn can be helpful.
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: 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. They are the experts in this field.

In brief: 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. They are the experts in this field.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: THROUGH TREATMENT

Treatment con have significant affect.

In brief: THROUGH TREATMENT

Treatment con have significant affect.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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In brief: TX can vary

The cause of your tmj/tmd, if known and the duration of your problem, may dictate the treatment.
Often treatment for TMJ can vary from person to person and also may sometimes involve seeing other doctors. Physical therapy, tens, ultrasound therapy, exercises, and mouthpieces are the most standard types of treatment. You may need combinations of all.

In brief: TX can vary

The cause of your tmj/tmd, if known and the duration of your problem, may dictate the treatment.
Often treatment for TMJ can vary from person to person and also may sometimes involve seeing other doctors. Physical therapy, tens, ultrasound therapy, exercises, and mouthpieces are the most standard types of treatment. You may need combinations of all.
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