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If you are here you are likely suffering from the following tmj symptoms:
…..· Almost constant pain that lowers your quality and enjoyment out of life.
…..· Jaw and joint pain on the sides of your face and neck.
…..· Popping, grinding and clicking sounds within your jaw.
…..· LockJaw
…..· Toothaches
…..· Ringing of the ears and even hearing loss
…..· Grinding teeth and headaches

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Updated: February 2015: TMJ pain treatment and relief, TMD and you: What it is, and what you can do about it: Updated with the latest TMJ relief information.

If you are one of those who has experienced the discomfort of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, it should be of some comfort to know you aren't alone; almost 75% of the population experience some symptoms or occurrence of the condition at some time in their lives, though only about 5% of these meet the criteria for an actual clinical case and require ongoing treatment. If you are one of those who have long wondered why you are in pain, it will be helpful for you to understand what is going on with your body. Resulting from a chronic condition of the jaw, TMJ symptoms include significant pain and limitation of movement in the jaw, neck, ears, and head. Although it isn't curable, there are TMJ treatment methods which can reduce the symptoms and make life more manageable.

What is a TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint links your jaw (mandible) with your skull's temporal bone on each side of your head, below the ears. The TMJ is a hinge joint, meaning it has two parts to it, unlike the joints of fingers and toes; the way the TMJ is formed allows the two sides to slide and rotate according to the needs of chewing, talking, and all the other things you do with your mouth. The two parts of the hinge joint are cushioned by a fluid-filled pad. If you place your fingers on each side of your jaw and open and close your mouth slowly, you should be able to feel the joints moving in response. If your TMJ's are normal, you should not feel or hear anything other than the gentle sliding of the ligaments over the bone, and you should not experience any pain, as the cartilage and the surface of the bones do not have nerve endings. As with any material constantly experiencing such friction and tension, the bone and ligaments can become worn with time; it's normal to see wear and tear on these joints in older people. However, there are some people, even those who are quite young, who will feel pain or pressure, or hear clicking or popping sounds when they open and close their mouths, and these people are likely sufferers of TMJ disorder, or TMD.

What is TMD, and what causes it?

TMD is a general term that health care professionals use to describe the symptoms resulting from problems with the TMJ; TMJ symptoms affect not only the joint itself, but the ears, the neck, the head, and even the muscles in the face. Doctors and dentists aren't completely sure what causes TMD, but it seems to arise from problems with the jaw muscles or with the joint itself. These problems can arise from injuries such as blows to the jaw or whiplash, a congenital malformation of the joint or the musculature surrounding the joint, certain forms of arthritis, dislocation of the joint or ball cushion between the joint parts, or even stress-related jaw-clenching and teeth-grinding. TMD is rarely attributable to one factor; rather, it is most frequently the result of a collection of issues, such as poor fluid content in the TMJ pad coupled with an uneven bite and bad habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

TMJ symptoms

People with TMJ/TMD often experience pain and pressure in the joint area itself, but it can also manifest itself in the ears and neck. TMJ pain ranges from a dull ache in and around the joint to a sharp, piercing pain that seems to radiate from the ear canal. Other symptoms include stiffness or difficulty opening or closing the mouth while talking or chewing, tightness in the facial muscles and neck, and clicking, grating or popping sounds emanating from the joint. Some people experience localized swelling, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, toothaches (from jaw clenching), and many TMD sufferers report severe earaches and headaches, even migraines, especially in the mornings. This is most likely due to the fact that the joint and muscles stiffened during the time the person was sleeping, increasing the tension and pressure. Many TMD sufferers also have an uneven bite, meaning that their jaw closes imperfectly, resulting in their teeth connecting improperly.

How do I know if I have TMD?

If you have a combination of the previously listed symptoms, you are a likely candidate for TMD. However, occasional jaw pain and sounds while chewing or yawning are not necessarily indicative of TMD, as these are perfectly normal. It has been determined that more women experience TMD than men, and that it is more often presented between the ages of 20-40. If you have these symptoms regularly over an extended period of time, you should seek medical attention, especially if you have extreme difficulty chewing, swallowing, and talking. A general practitioner or dentist can diagnose the condition and refer you to a specialist if necessary, and can advise TMJ treatments and pain relief options.

How is TMD diagnosed?

Your dentist may decide to send you to an oral surgeon (also called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon) for further care and treatment. This oral healthcare professional specializes in surgical procedures in and about the entire face, mouth and jaw area.

Since several other conditions can mimic TMJ symptoms, your dentist or doctor will have to take a careful medical history and do a thorough clinical exam to rule out the other problems. Toothaches (caused by cavities, abscesses, etc.), sinus infections, osteo- or rheumatoid arthritis, and even gum disease can lead to some of the symptoms associated with TMD, and could even be contributing factors to developing it.

The doctor or dentist will check your TMJ's for pain or localized tenderness, and will listen for the clicking, grating and popping noises that characterize TMD. They will test for range of motion limitations and if the jaw locks up at any point when it opens or closes. Your bite will be measured, and the functioning of your jaw muscles will be tested. Often panoramic, or full-face, X-rays will be shot, to allow the dentist or doctor a complete view of the jaws, teeth, and joints, so they can rule out other conditions. Sometimes an MRI (soft tissue magnetic scan) will be performed, so the position and location of the TMJ disc (the fluid-filled cushion between the hinges of the joint) can be determined; you may get a CT scan (a computerized mapping of the bony detailing of the TMJ), to make sure the joints are aligned properly.

Your dentist may decide to send you to an oral surgeon (also called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon) for further care and treatment. This oral healthcare professional specializes in surgical procedures in and about the entire face, mouth and jaw area.

What can I do about my TMD?

Once your TMD has been diagnosed properly, you’ll be pleased to know that there is TMJ pain relief and therapy that can reduce the symptoms; for those with severe TMD, surgical intervention is sometimes required. TMJ pain treatment is mainly therapeutic, concentrating mainly on alleviating symptoms; corrective measures such as surgery, bite-guards, and others will permanently alter the state of the TMJ, and are usually only undertaken in cases where therapeutic care is not enough.

TMJ treatments: What works?

TMJ pain can be treated in several ways.

· Moist heat and/or cold packs. When your jaws feel particularly stiff, swollen and painful, one excellent treatment is application of heat and cold. Begin with a cold pack (make sure to wrap the pack in a cloth, as direct, intense cold can worsen pain and stiffness), applied to the TMJ areas for about ten minutes per side. After this, you may do jaw stretching exercises (see below); after the exercises, place a warm compress to the TMJ areas for another five minutes or so. It is recommended to do this routine at least twice per day, as the combination of the heat and cold coupled with the exercises conditions the ligaments and reduces inflammation and pain.

· Jaw stretching exercises. Slowly open your mouth as wide as is comfortably possible, as if you are yawning. Slowly close again. Repeat, but opening your mouth to the left, and then to the right. Repeat this rotation a few times, until you feel the muscles loosen. Once this has been mastered, you can use your hand (one finger at a time, added as the muscles stretch enough to accommodate them) to slowly increase your jaw movement. Don't use much force, and don't force the movement. If it is painful, desist and return to normal stretches.

· Eat soft foods. Hard or chewy foods need more force to chew, therefore, avoid things such as hard rolls, raw crunchy vegetables and fruits, and gum or hard candy. Softer foods such as scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and soups don't stress the jaw muscles and joints, and allow them to rest and heal.

· Take medicine. For pain, you can take NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin or naproxen. Inflammation is the irritation and swelling of tissue, and these medications calm these tissue reactions. If your symptoms such as teeth grinding and jaw-clenching are related to a nervous condition, your doctor might prescribe an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication to reduce it. Sometimes doctors will prescribe muscle relaxants, cortico-steroids, or even strategic injection of the botulinum toxin, which has been proven to cause TMJ pain relief.

· Wear a mouth corrector or bite guard. Bite guards, splints, or retainers can be designed by a dentist to correct bite alignment and cushion the teeth from the effects of jaw-clenching and teeth-grinding, both of which are very common in TMD.

· Learn good habits. Don't rest your chin on your hand. Holding the phone between your shoulder and ear increases pressure on the TMJ joints. Learn to exercise good posture: don't allow yourself to slump, in order to reduce TMJ pain in the neck and face. Keep your mouth open slightly as often as possible, which relieves pressure on the jaw; also, you can put your tongue between your teeth, to reduce your chances of clenching and grinding.

· Alternative techniques. Massage, chiropractic adjustments, and acupuncture have all shown significant results in reducing TMJ pain. Massage can be self-administered (deep, constant pressure on the joint area with the pads of your first two fingers as you massage with a circular motion, clockwise and then counter-clockwise), or it can be performed by a professional. Chiropractic care can lead to proper alignment of the neck and back, which can help ease symptoms. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the area, decreasing inflammation and increasing range of movement. These non-invasive, non-medical procedures foster relaxation and correction of muscle and bone positioning.
What if it doesn't get better?

If you have tried all these relatively non-invasive methods of dealing with your TMJ symptoms and are still extremely uncomfortable and unable to open your mouth or chew properly, you should consult with your doctor or dentist about more aggressive treatments. Often dentists can correct many TMD symptoms by correcting dental issues, such as capping teeth to make surfaces more even, replacing worn crowns and fillings, and replacing missing teeth. These will all make the bite more even, reducing the wear and tension cause by tooth misalignment. Arthrocentisis can also be performed; this is when a needle is inserted into the jaw and fluid is irrigated through it, which will get rid of debris and byproducts of inflammation. Surgery is always the last option; the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research's opinion is that replacement of the TMJ is both controversial and often ineffective, and should be avoided at all costs.

Dealing with TMJ pain is a constant battle for those with TMD. It involves correcting bad habits and doing everything possible to reduce the symptoms. TMJ treatment requires a comprehensive approach and encompasses many aspects of your life. In order to make your TMJ relief methods work better, you should always follow the advice of your health care professionals and be wise about choices. With proper management, TMD doesn't have to dominate your life, and symptoms could be reduced significantly, or even eliminated altogether.

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