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Maxillo Facial

TM Joint Management

1. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

2. Causes of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw,  teeth grinding, poor posture,  stress,  arthritis, and gum chewing.

3. Signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome include

  • a) pain in the jaw joint,
  • b) jaw clicking and popping,
  • c) ear pain/earache,
  • d) popping sounds in ears,
  • e) headaches,
  • f) stiff or sore jaw muscles,
  • g) pain in the temple area, or
  • h) locking of the jaw joint

4. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome often responds to home remedies, including ice packs to the joint, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), avoiding chewing gum, massage or gentle stretches of the jaw and neck, and stress reduction.

5. When home treatment does not work, medical treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome includes dental splints, botulinum toxin injections, physical therapy, prescription medications, and in severe cases, surgery.

6. The prognosis for TMJ syndrome is generally good as the disorder can usually be managed with self-care and home remedies.