Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Definition of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder:

Improper opening and closing of the jaw joint resulting in pain, irritation, inflammation, limited movement and sometimes noises.

Also: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, TMD, TMJ Disorder, TMJ Dysfunction, TMJD

Topics Related to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

...the condition
“...Eventually, bruxism shortens and blunts the teeth being ground and may lead to facial muscle pain, TMJ dysfunction and headaches...”

Hot Applications (Thermotherapy)

...as a treatment
“...TMJ disorder.  Applications of heat may help tender areas...”
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...relationship to TMJ Problems
“A study of twenty patients with tinnitus found that ten tested positive for TMJ dysfunction in all diagnostic tests used, and nine more tested positive to one or more of the diagnostic procedures...”

TMJ Problems

...the condition
“...TMJ disorder is collection of symptoms which result when the chewing muscles and jaw joints do not work together correctly...”
...our question about Denture wearing
“...This can, in serious cases, lead to a TMJ disorder.”
...relationship to Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)
“Although the link is not clear, stresses on the jaw caused by bruxism can lead to TMJ dysfunction.  The muscles that stabilize the joint become fatigued from frequent clenching and/or grinding of teeth.”

Tooth Loss

...the condition
“...It is important to replace lost teeth as soon as is possible, in order to prevent further tooth loss and other conditions such as TMJ dysfunction.”
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