What does TMJ or TMD stand for?

By Dr. Cheyn Gunnerson

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TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD stands for Temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint involves both sides of your lower jaw. It is different from any other joint in the body as it does not rotate in the socket, but moves along the bones of the skull. The TMD joint is what holds your jaw in place with the rest of your head. It is located just in front of your ears. If you place two fingers in front of your ears, and open and close your mouth, you may be able to feel the joint moving.

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Do I have a TMJ Disorder?

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder are: lockjaw (jaw joint either locking open or closed), clicking or popping when you chew or yawn, Limited range of motion in the jaw, ear pain, ringing in your ears, chronic facial pain, chronic neck or back pain, painful swallowing, teeth grinding or teeth pain, sensitive teeth, chronic headaches and migraines, dizziness and loss of balance. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms we highly recommend a TMJ Therapy consultation.

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Are TMJ and Sleep Apnea Related?

TMJ disorders and Sleep Apnea are not necessarily related, however, many people who suffer from sleep apnea also suffer from a TMJ disorder. One symptom of sleep apnea is clenching at night in your sleep. Clenching pushes the bones of the jaw deep into the joint causing inflammation in the joint space. This inflammation leads to TMJ issues.

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Can TMJ be cured?

This depends on the severity of the case. In some instances the temporomandibular joint disorder has reached a point where it can no longer be completely reversed. Much like having arthritis in the hands or the knees. However, through proper treatment, healing of the joint can occur and a pseudo disc can be created to prevent further damage to the joint relieving many symptoms of TMD.

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Are TMJ and tinnitus-related?

Frequently patients who have TMD disorders also experience ringing in their ears or ‘tinnitus’. Due to the inflammation of the joint and the pull on the muscles and ligaments holding the joint in place, many patients experience ringing in their ears.

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