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Thursday, May 29, 2008

What is TMJ? What is TMD?

Just a quick post to clarify the difference between TMJ and TMD. Pretty basic stuff, but you may hear people say, "I have TMJ." The truth is that EVERYONE has a TMJ; usually what they mean is that they have TMD.

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint). TMD is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMD occurs when, through malocclusion (bad bite), injury or habitual clenching, for instance, the jaw joint becomes inflamed and causes discomfort. Can be difficult to diagnose largely because patients who suffer from TMD either don't know where to go for help or get mixed signals from medical professionals about how to treat. Used to be that when all else failed, doctors would recommend surgery. A better understanding of the role that muscles play in the comfort of TMJ has led to better diagnosis, treatment and resolution. And more and more patients and medical professionals alike are recognizing that treatment by a properly trained and educated dentist is the best course.

posted by MoreSmiles at 5:25 PM

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