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What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is located in front of the ears on both sides connect the movable mandible (mandible) to the fixed temporal bone of the skull. This joint is important because it allows you to open and close your mouth and helps you chew, talk, and yawn.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMJD or TMD) refers to a group of health problems that affect the temporomandibular joint and the muscles that control the jaw. Temporomandibular disorders are difficult to diagnose and require specific treatment given the complexity of this joint. This disorder interferes with the daily functioning of the affected person, and patients may experience restricted jaw movements, severe facial pain, and joint stiffness and tenderness.
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TMJ Treatment - Temporomandibular joint or TMJ is an extremely crucial yet not-so-well known joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones of the skull. This little joint has big responsibilities to fulfil such as enabling chewing, speaking,
Do you wake up every morning, with an unexplained yet excruciating pain in jaw muscle which hampers your daily activities? Though you might have considered ‘living with the pain’, what you need to know is that you might be suffering
TMJ Exercises- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is an excruciatingly painful condition that affects primarily the jaw joint and jaw muscle. While everyone has a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), not everyone suffers from a TMJ dysfunction. As the situation gets more severe,
Frequently Asked Questions
There are ways to detect if a patient has a TMJ disorder. You could check the condition of your teeth (enamel is worn off due to grinding and clenching at night), your jaw position, your posture and if you experience popping or clicking when you chew, talk or when generally opening your mouth. You can ask your partner if you snore at night. However, seeking the help of a TMJ specialist is always advised. Most people do not even know that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder and confuse it with a nerve issue. Only a TMJ specialist can gauge the severity of your case and suggest solutions that would work best for you.
If you suspect having a TMJ disorder, you must make an appointment with a TMJ specialist at the earliest for proper diagnosis and treatment. A TMJD consultation is a combination of the doctor asking you about your history of pain and discomfort (case history), a thorough physical examination and a few diagnostic tests for clarity. Physical examination consists of visual examination of oral cavity and palpation, assessing any visible swelling in the face, tenderness on pressing and malaligned jaw position (detecting facial asymmetry). Digital imaging tests such as OPG, CBCT of the TMJ and airway can be extremely valuable in confirming the physical findings and presenting the real time condition of the jaw and joints in question. Based on the findings and severity of the case, the TMJ specialist will suggest a treatment plan best suited for you.
The TMJ is small yet essential to several functions like chewing, talking, yawning and facial expressions. It also performs musculoskeletal functions. The compression of this joint due to incorrect bite and continuous grinding/ clenching activities can cause pressure on nearby bones affecting hearing and balance. If your jaw does not close correctly it can cause pain in your neck and shoulder region. When the jaw muscles do not function efficiently the surrounding tissues experience chronic pain and swelling. Your jaw muscles run from ear to ear and interact with neck muscles that are responsible for keeping the spine in alignment. Symptoms of jaw distress can send down pain to your neck, shoulders and upper back regions.
Yes, TMJD is treatable and requires a proper and correct diagnosis and treatment plan.Oral appliances such as an orthotic helps to bring and keep the jaw in proper alignment in the first phase that lasts for 6-8 months. Typically. 80-90% of the symptoms are resolved in phase 1 itself. In the second phase, orthodontic treatment is involved which might last for 1.5 years. This option is presented to younger patients and is necessary since once the jaw joints are corrected and the jaw widens, The upper and lower dental arch will not match. The results need to be stabilised with a proper bite so that the patient does not return back to his/her painful days.
No they might look the same but are not the same thing. The plastic night guard protects the teeth at night while grinding continues under tremendous pressure from the jaw muscles. Orthotic plays a different role.The appliance is suppose to be worn 24*7 and it holds the jaw in a position where the TMJ and jaw muscles are relaxed and comfortable. An orthotic is designed to stop the teeth from grinding and eventually the other TMJD symptoms also fade away.