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What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) located on both sides of our face connecting the jawbone to the skull plays a vital role in our daily routine activities like chewing, speaking & yawning. However, when complications arise, it causes temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which further leads to discomfort to such an extent that it disrupts day-to-day life.

Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can be caused by various factors/issues such as misalignment of teeth/jaw, arthritis, stress, jaw injury, poor posture, or bruxism (teeth grinding). These factors can cause inflammation & irritation resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Although symptoms may vary from person to person, the most common signs are tenderness and pain around the jaw area, popping or clicking sounds during speaking/yawning, and difficulty moving the jaw while opening/closing, which can lead to headaches and ear/facial pain. Notably, some individuals may experience toothaches, neck pain, or dizziness; in such a scenario, you must seek immediate medical help from a healthcare professional.

Treatment Options for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The severity and underlying causes determine treatments for TMD – self-care techniques like avoiding chewy/hard foods or using ice packs work in mild cases. Still, more severe cases require medical attention, where you might get prescribed medication supported by physical therapy or dental surgery as an ultimate remedy.

If you suffer or notice any symptoms of TMD occurring, do not neglect it and seek medical consultation immediately. On a priority basis, schedule an appointment with healthcare providers/dentists specialized in TMD disorders to take control of your jaw health and well-being. Contact us today, and one of our healthcare professionals will be able to provide further information regarding the temporomandibular joint disorder. Act now by contacting us and start your journey toward a pain-free life!

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