TEMPOROMANDIBULAR (TM) DISORDERS

Temporomandibular (TM) disorders refer to a group of issues, including jaw movement and pain in and around the jaw’s joints. TMD is often referred to as TMJ or TM issues. The temporomandibular (TM) joints are the joints that link the lower jawbone (mandible) to the skull. Talking, chewing, swallowing, yawning, and other activities require the jaw to open and close.

Muscle tension, frequently provoked by stress, is the most common cause of TMD symptoms. When you’re stressed, you can find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth. These practices can wear down the jaw muscles, resulting in a vicious cycle of muscular spasms, tissue damage, pain, strained muscles, and more spasms.

TMD can begin as a result of an issue with the joint itself, such as Any damage to the joint or its surrounding tissues, Issues with the form of the joint, joint disorder, and the joint’s cushioning articular disc moving out of place.

SYMPTOMS

Temporomandibular (TM) disorders affect the jaw and jaw joints and the muscles of the face, shoulder, head, and neck. Common symptoms include:

  • Joint discomfort
  • Muscle soreness
  • Migraines
  • Joint noises
  • Difficulty fully opening the mouth
  • Jaw locking.

TMD symptoms are typically minor and do not last long. They usually come and go without getting worse, and they typically go away without the need for medical attention.

Moreover, TMD can cause long-term (chronic) problems in certain patients. Chronic pain or difficulty moving the jaw can affect talking, eating, and swallowing. This may have an impact on a person’s overall happiness.

DIAGNOSIS

Although there is no one-size-fits-all method for diagnosing TMD, your doctor may most likely verify your problem with a physical exam and questions about your previous health. An X-ray, CT scan, or MRI may be done in some circumstances to examine for bone or soft tissue abnormalities connected to TMD symptoms.

TREATMENT

Symptoms of temporomandibular (TM) disorders usually go away on their own. Mild jaw discomfort is often relieved by simple home therapy. There are several things you can do to alleviate pain initially.

  • Rest your jaw joint
  • Take medications
  • Apply an ice pack or a warm, damp cloth to it for 15 minutes several times a day. 
  • Consuming soft foods and chewy foods, and gum should be avoided.

Physical treatment and adopting stress-reduction techniques may also assist in alleviating pain and TM joint problems.

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