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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...
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
Treatment There is no known "cure" for TMJ disorder , so therapies focus on alleviating pain and improving function. The National Institute of Health recommends that conservative, non-invasive therapies be exhausted before any invasive or surgical treatments are attempted. Many doctors will give you a self-care regimen to do at home that will help with any pain. However, if conservative therapies do not alleviate your pain, or your function is extremely limited, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. Treatment for TMJ disorder can vary depending on what type of doctor is seen. A dentist often focuses on the relationship between your teeth and jaw, to see if a malocclusion (incorrect bite) is contributing to symptoms. He or she might make a splint, which covers and protects your teeth if you grind (brux) at night, helps to guide your bite in the right direction, or attempts to recapture a disc. There are many types of splints, all with different functions. The typ...
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