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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) FAQs

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Discover essential information about TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) with our FAQs. Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention tips for this common jaw joint disorder.

What is TMJ?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull, facilitating jaw movement for activities like talking and chewing.
TMJ disorders can be caused by various factors, such as jaw injury, teeth grinding, arthritis, stress, or misalignment of the jaw joint.
Common symptoms include jaw pain, facial pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, headaches, and difficulty chewing.
TMJ disorders are diagnosed through a combination of a physical examination, reviewing medical history, and may require imaging tests like X-rays or MRI.
In some cases, mild TMJ symptoms may improve with self-care measures, but chronic or severe cases may require professional treatment.
Applying heat or ice packs, eating soft foods, avoiding extreme jaw movements, and practicing relaxation techniques can help alleviate TMJ pain.
Treatment options include over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications, physical therapy, wearing a mouthguard, and in severe cases, surgery.
Stress can lead to clenching or grinding of the teeth, putting extra strain on the TMJ and surrounding muscles, exacerbating TMJ symptoms.
Yes, dental problems like misaligned teeth or an improper bite can contribute to TMJ disorders by affecting the jaw’s alignment and function.
Maintaining good posture, avoiding excessive chewing of gum or hard foods, managing stress, and using ergonomic aids can help reduce the risk of TMJ disorders.

Video: Treating TMJ

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How do you treat the bite condition known as TMJ disorder? Believe it or not, BOTOX® injections can help! The injection relaxes your muscles which helps relieve your pain.

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