TMJ Disorder Treatment

TMJ Disorder Treatment

What is TMJ syndrome?

Sixty million Americans have it.  It's more common in the elderly, and affects men and women equally.  Its exact cause is unknown, but women are nine times more likely than men to seek treatment for this malady.  The lower jaw (mandible) is attached to the skull by a joint on each side of the face, temporomandibular joint (TMJ).  Any number of problems associated with the chewing muscles, ligaments, bones or the joints can prevent the TMJ from functioning properly.  Hence, the term TMJ syndrome.  Symptoms include, but not necessarily present in all cases:  headaches; tenderness of jaw muscles; pain; clicking, popping or grating sounds; difficulty in chewing; earache.

Treatment can include:  

• eliminate muscle spasms and pain
• correct the way the teeth fit together
• physical therapy
• relaxation therapy
• surgery as a final method

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