Category Archives: TMJ

TMJ pain? These are bad habits that could cause it.

. There are many bad habits that can lead to TMJ pain!  But first, what is TMJ pain? TMJ pain is considered a temporomandibular disorder, which is a broad term referring to all neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions of the masticatory muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the adjacent structures. Common symptoms include chronic myofascial pain, facial […]

Will treatment to my jaw help tinnitus?

Tinnitus or ringing in the ears is a common symptom that can have many different etiologies.Tinnitus is called somatosensory (or somatic) tinnitus if it is influenced by the neck (cervical) or jaw (TMJ).  In fact, 12–43% of patients with subjective tinnitus fall under one or both of these categories! A few diagnostic factors that your […]

How to know if you have pain from TMJ

The assessment of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) is recognized as integral to the practice of dentistry and physical therapists who treat these conditions. The context of joint sounds as a predictor of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is not highly predictable due to a common variation of normality amongst people. Therefore, pain associated with activities using the […]

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Can neck posture affect how your jaw works? Implication for TMJ Pain.

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are musculoskeletal disorders affecting the jaw joint and chewing muscles. Common symptoms are pain in the orofacial region, restricted jaw movement and sounds originating in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The restrictions in the range of how much someone can open/close their mouth are due to mandibular range of motion deficits. Restrictions […]

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Dry Needling for TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), also known to most as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, is defined as : ‘aching in the muscles of mastication, sometimes with occasional brief severe pain on chewing, often associated with restricted jaw movement and clicking or popping sounds Many treatment methods can be used to: relieve pain gain sufficient muscle power provide […]

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Not getting relief in your TMJ treatment? This may be why.

The treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain under the umbrella term of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a challenging and difficult symptom to treat. It belongs to the group of chronic facial disorders and affect about 10–15% of the total population with women suffering twice as much as men do. Sorry ladies! There are many reasons […]

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What are symptoms of TMJ pain and dysfunction?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a synovial joint containing an articular disk and allowing for hinge and sliding movements. Such complicated movements are necessary for chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Generally speaking, most people who say they have TMJ have regarded the condition as only having localized orofacial pain and dysfunction. However, we want to educate […]

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Ask your dentist this question

Many questions may arise that you want to ask your dentist during your scheduled appointment. Other than actual tooth (dental) questions, this 1 concern that is typically inquired about in a dental office: What can I do for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain? TMJ pain (known better now as Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD) are thought […]

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What else can you do besides mouth guard to help TMJ pain?

Mouth guards, also known as occlusal appliances or splints are a part of the treatment of temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ). This subset of treatment is known as occlusion related therapies and is commonly used as a basic dental treatment to help with TMJ pain amongst other things. Occlusal appliances are commonly used in the treatment […]

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