Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

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Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) refers to the syndrome that affects the temporomandibular joints where the jaw meets the skull. There are helpful facts about TMJ that help you be aware and understand more about the syndrome.

  • The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw to your skull.
  • Joint injury or damage can often cause localized pain disorder: temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) or temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
  • TMJ disorders’ significant causes are often injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth clenching, teeth grinding, arthritis, stress, or gum chewing.
  • Signs or symptoms include jaw pain, jaw popping, jaw clicking, ear pain/aches, headaches, popping noises, still or sore jaws, or jaw joint locking.
  • Home remedies can help elevate the pain, such as ice packs, over-the-counter inflammation medication, gentle home massages or stretches of the jaw and neck, and a stress-free environment.
  • When home remedies can not ease the pain, medical treatment such as dental splints, prescription, Botox injections, physical therapy, and surgery.
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