TMJ is short for "Temporomandibular Joint" which is the jaw joint. Each person has two, one in front of each ear. It connects the lower and upper jaw bones and allows the joint to move up and down, forward to back, and side to side. TMJ Disorder , which is also sometimes called "TMJD," "TMJ Syndrome," or just "TMJ," is a poorly defined condition in which many symptoms can affect the joints. Some symptoms of TMJ disorder are pain upon movement, function issues, locking, and other the jaw joint problems. For a longer list of symptoms, please see our TMJ disorder symptom list . Conditions that affect other joints in the body, such as injury, arthritis, ankylosis (fusion), or developmental abnormalities, can also affect the temporomandibular joints. If you have any questions, please Create a SharePost , visit our message board , or ask an expert . Next: TMJ Symptoms
Taking bisphosphonates has long been considered to pose some risk -- though relatively uncommon -- of necrosis of the jaw, in which the bones in the mouth are unable to heal normally, after oral surgery for example. While intravenous bisphosphonates are the kind most associated with this side effect, the latest research suggests that oral bisphosphonates may actually decrease this risk. A study by Harvard researchers in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that oral bisphosphonate use reduced the chance of necrosis of the jaw by 35 percent in patients with osteoporosis. That's promising news for those already on medications such as Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel -- and for those suffering from osteoporosis but concerned about bisphosphonates' effect on the jaw, it might be a good time to consult with your doctor about taking into account this latest information. An article about this is on our Web site at http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/news-...
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