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TMJ Therapy (TMD Therapy)

What Is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

TMJ or temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint (jaw joint) located on either side of the head. It connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is right in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side which let you to talk, chew, yawn, etc. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. TMD is commonly misdiagnosed as being an organ specific disorder of the head, ear etc. Many patients get treated for ear infections before the right diagnosis is out. People with TMD can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. Treatment of TMD may require the expertise of more than one specialist.

Some common symptoms of TMD include:

Ear aches, ear infections and or hearing problems

Jaw locking or stucking in the open- or closed-mouth position

Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders

Pain or tenderness in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide

Unusual clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth (can be with or without pain)

opening the jaw with experiencing lots of pain

Limited ability to open the mouth very wide

Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly

Swelling on one or both sides of the face

Other common symptoms of TMD include toothaches, recurrent headaches, neck aches, dizziness, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitis)

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms make an appointment online or contact us at any of our dental clinics for an assessment.

What is the Causes of TMD / TMJ?

TMD symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck can cause TMD (The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact).

Dislocation of the soft cushion or the disk erodes or they move out of their proper alignment

The joint's cartilage is damaged by arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ)

Puting a lot of pressure on the TMJ by grinding, tightening facial and jaw muscles or clenching the teeth

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