TMJ disorder has many symptoms , some of which can mimic other disorders. It has been called "The Great Imposter" by many physicians, and because of this, diagnosis can be difficult. The most common method of diagnosing TMJ disorder (TMJD or TMD) is by visiting a physician and having a physical exam and history performed. The physician or dentist will examine the patient’s face and jaw for pain and tenderness, listen to the joint for noises, check the patient’s bite, and measure how far the jaw can open. The physician will most likely take x-rays of the joints, which will enable him to see the bones and surrounding teeth and make sure that no other problems affecting these structures are causing the symptoms. Sometimes, other tests are ordered, such as CT scans, which are used to view the bony detail of the joint, or MRIs to view the soft tissues of the joint, including the disc. The types of imaging used in TMJ Disorder diagnosis are: Computed Tomography (CT o...
It should be considered that there are many symptoms of TMJ disorder . Everyone is different, therefore the disorder can and does manifest itself in a variety of ways. Although this is by no means an exclusive list, the following are symptoms a patient with TMJ disorder might experience. Eye Pain and Eye Problems: Bloodshot eyes Blurring of vision Eye pain above, below and behind eye Pressure behind eyes Light sensitivity Watering of the eyes Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain: Migraines Forehead pain Cluster headaches "Sinus Type" headache Hair and/or scalp painful or sensitive to touch Headaches at the back of the head, with or without shooting pain Teeth and Gum Problems: Clenching during the day or at night Grinding teeth at night (bruxism) Tooth pain Sensitive teeth Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin Problems: Discomfort or pain to any of these areas Pain in cheek muscles Uncontrollable tongue movemen...
Did you know TMJ/TMD shares common traits with other diseases? Following we will explore the function and dysfunction of this small joint that creates such force and wreaks havoc in the lives of an estimated 20 million Americans.
What is TMJ and TMD?
Our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is formed where ligaments attach our temporal bone to our jawbone (mandible). And, with the help of muscles, tendons, and facial nerves, the TMJ allows us talk, chew, bite, swallow, yawn, burp, and more. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is any disorder or derangement that interferes with normal operation of the joint.
Things that can interfere with joint function include:
Misalignment of teeth.
Muscle dysfunction, such as myofascial trigger points (TrPs) .
Overuse or repetitive motion - such as, teeth grinding, clenching with heavy lifting, or emotional stress.
Nerves – facial nerves entrapped by TrPs in the m...
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