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(temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to
your complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a
"clicking" sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more
easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some
types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early
detection and treatment are important.
No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment
takes time to become effective. Your doctor can help you have a
healthier and more comfortable jaw.
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind
your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. You
may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the
cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or
grating noise when you open your mouth or trouble opening your mouth
The more times you answered "yes," the more likely it is that you
have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you
understand how they are treated.
There are various treatment options that your doctor can utilize to
improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation
confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, your doctor will determine the
proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment
always works best with a team approach of self-care joined with