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Temporomandibular Disorders


What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, means that the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn't working properly. This hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, backward and side-to-side. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working as it should is called TMJ. Often, TMJ feels like your jaw is popping or clicking or even "getting stuck" for a moment. The exact cause of this misalignment is often impossible to determine.    Read "What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?" article

Temporomandibular Disorder Basics

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) may be one of the most controversial topics in dentistry today. This is because dentists and physicians don't have a clear understanding of what causes it and how to prevent it. Read "Temporomandibular Disorder Basics" article

Dislocation of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), just in front of the lower ear, is the joint that allows the lower jaw to move. Occasionally, the TMJ can dislocate and lock in an open position. This happens when the joint opens widely and the ball of the jaw joint gets stuck out of place. Read "Dislocation of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)" article

Treatment For TMD

Just as there are no established guidelines for diagnosing TMD, there also is no single best treatment. Most experts agree, however, that conservative, nonsurgical therapy is the right way to begin. Surgery and other invasive treatment, such as injections, can create more problems and are best left as a last resort. Read "Treatment For TMD" article

Is It Your Jaw?: A Symptoms Checklist For TMD

Temporomandibular disorders can cause a number of symptoms that can mimic other diseases. Do you notice clicking or popping when you open your mouth? Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth? Does your jaw intermittently lock? If so, you should see your dentist for an examination and evaluation. You may have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) — any one of a number of problems involving the chewing muscles, the jaw joint (called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ) or both. Read "Is It Your Jaw?: A Symptoms Checklist For TMD" article

Tempormandibular Disorders

You may have read articles in newspapers and magazines about "TMD" -- temporomandibular (jaw) disorders, also called "TMJ syndrome." Perhaps you have even felt pain sometimes in your jaw area, or maybe your dentist or physician has told you that you have TMD. Read "Tempormandibular Disorders" article

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