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TMJ medical abbreviation of temporomandi

TMJ Disorders:

All you need to know

TMJ Disorders

  • What is TMJ disorder?
  • Symptoms & diagnosis?
  • Treatment options?

TMJ disorders occur in the jaw. TMJ disorders can cause a number of problems in the jaw joint, as well as the muscles that control its movement. In general, TMJ disorders can be easily treated and do not result in long-term complications. In some cases, however, TMJ disorders can become lengthy conditions.


There are several types of TMJ disorders, each of which requires different treatment. Because each type produces similar symptoms, it’s important to get an examination to sort out the exact source.

TMJ falls into three main categories:

  • Myofascial pain in the jaw, usually caused by overuse or injury

  • Internal derangement, or dislocation of some component in the jaw

  • Arthritis, which affects the cartilage surrounding the jaw joint


These conditions may occur by themselves, or they may be the result of another condition. For this reason, if you experience any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to come into our office for an examination. This way, you can be sure of the source, allowing you to get the correct treatment.

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What are the symptoms and diagnosis of TMJ Disorders?

TMJ symptoms include:

  • Pain that can occur in the jaw joint, face, shoulders, neck or around the ear when you move your mouth

  • Inability to open your mouth wide

  • Jaws that stick in the open or closed position

  • Clicking or popping when moving the jaw

  • Feeling tired in the face

  • Upper and lower teeth not fitting together correctly

  • Swelling in the face

  • TMJ can occur in a single side or both sides of the face

TMJ Diagnosis

  • X-ray: provides information on your teeth and jaw structure around the problem joint.

  • MRI: looks at the surrounding ligaments and muscles.

  • CAT scan: may uncover a contributing issue in bone structure.


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Monday-Thursday: 8am to 5pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed

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What are the treatment options for TMJ Disorder patients

Some serious TMJ disorders will require surgical intervention or reconstruction. TMJ surgery is typically only recommended for serious cases that cannot be resolved with a more conservative approach. If resolving your individual case of TMJ requires surgery, we will answer all your questions and concerns about the procedure. The treatment options for TMJ include the following:

  • BOTOX injections: Injections may relieve TMJ pain and help with comfort in jaw movement.

  • Open joint surgery/arthroplasty: This is a more invasive procedure that involves partial manipulation, removal, or full joint replacement.

  • Physical therapy: An exercise program may be effective in strengthening jaw structure and relieving pain.

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