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The TMJ (otherwise known as the Temporomandibular Joint) is a unique piece of the body that is responsible for allowing the jaw bone to move freely from the rest of the skull. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: TMJ: From Symptoms to Diagnosis

TMJ From Symptoms to Diagnosis
  • The TMJ (otherwise known as the Temporomandibular
    Joint) is a unique piece of the body that is
    responsible for allowing the jaw bone to move
    freely from the rest of the skull.

  • A healthy TMJ allows a person to eat and drink
    easily, without any pain or discomfort.
    Unfortunately, studies have shown that over 10
    million Americans suffer with TMJ issues on a
    daily basis.

  • Not only does this condition cause a dull
    discomfort in the jaw, it can also affect a
    persons oral health. Because this issue has
    become such a large phenomenon in the U.S.,
    heres a brief overview of TMJ disorders and

Different TMJ Disorders
  • Because the TMJ controls movement of the jaw, it
    affects the muscles of the face responsible for
    chewing and talking. Three most common TMJ
    conditions include

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  • TMJ Arthritis As we age, soreness in our joints
    is somewhat inevitable. Like our fingers and
    wrists, sometimes jaws become sensitive to
  • Myofascial This condition includes people who
    have general discomfort with their TMJ or facial
    muscles that control jaw function.
  • Internal Derangement The most severe of the
    three TMJ conditions, internal derangement is the
    result of a dislocated jaw or other severe injury
    to the facial area.

  • Dentists and doctors continue to work on
    discovering why TMJ is affecting so many people
    in our country. Unfortunately, scientists are
    still unable to determine the exact cause of TMJ
    disorders in which the patient has never suffered
    trauma to the area.

  • What they have determined, however, is that many
    TMJ patients have contracted the condition as a
    result of trauma to the jawline or TMJ itself.
    This could be the result of a sports injury, a
    fist fight, or simply the result of degenerating
    tissue in the jaw.

There are a few different TMJ symptoms people
  • Jaw Pain This is the most common symptom that
    causes patients to seek treatment. Oddly, TMJ
    pain can last for a short temporary period, or
    last a duration of several years. The exact
    amount of jaw pain (and how long it lasts)
    depends on the person, and how soon they seek
    treatment. In some severe cases, individuals have
    complained of their TMJ pain stretching into
    their face, ears, shoulders, and neck.

  • Trouble Chewing and Opening Your Mouth If youre
    having a hard time keeping your mouth open during
    your regular dental cleaning, it may be a sign
    that your jaw is suffering from a TMJ disorder.
    In some cases, the discomfort associated with
    keeping your mouth open for extended periods of
    time may also affect your ability to chew through
    dinner comfortably.

  • Clicking, Popping, and Grinding If youve ever
    experienced your jaw pop, or heard a recurring
    click every time you opened up to chew, you have
    seen the effects of TMJ disorders first hand.
    Studies have shown that although this phenomenon
    is a sign of an impacted joint, it doesnt seem
    to cause any more pain or discomfort than
    disorders that do not cause clicking and grinding

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  • An issue with your Temporomandibular Joint can
    cause long-term oral pain and discomfort if left
    untreated. To help the incredible number of
    people suffering from this condition, weve
    developed a migraine center that helps patients
    cope with the side effects of conditions like TMJ
    disorders. If you suspect you have a TMJ
    disorder, and would like to have it checked by a
    professional, contact our team today to schedule
    a consultation.

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