What Is TMJ - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments Explained

Document Sample
What Is TMJ - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments Explained Powered By Docstoc
					Carol Manse
www.curefortmj.org




What Is                             January 1

TMJ – A
Concise
Tutorial
                                    2013
This document examines TMJ and in particular looks at the     TMJ
causes, symptoms, treatments and surgical options available   Information
for TMJ sufferers
                                                              Guide
Contents

What Exactly Is TMJ? – A Brief Guide......................................................................... 3
   What Are the Symptoms of TMJ? ............................................................................. 3
   What Causes TMJ? .................................................................................................... 4
   How To Get A Diagnosis for TMJ ............................................................................ 4
   What Are The Treatments For TMJ? ......................................................................... 5
   Surgery Options for TMJ ........................................................................................... 5
   Conclusion ................................................................................................................. 5
                       What Exactly Is TMJ? – A Brief Guide
                       The initials TMJ stand for Temporomandibular joint and people
                       who suffer from problems with pain in the jaw bones also call
                       the ailment TMJ.


                       We have two of these joints, one at each side of our mouth and
                       they act as a hinge connecting our lower jaw to the skull. They
are located directly under the ears.




What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

There are a number of symptoms that on their own may not necessarily mean you
have TMJ, but when a few of these symptoms are found, then it is almost inevitable
that you are at the early stages of TMJ. These symptoms are:


      Clicking noise and pain in the jaw, especially around the ears
      Ear pain
      Headaches and potential migraine
      Feeling that the ears may be clogged or a “blocked up” feeling
      Ringing in the ears – often called Tinnitus
      Over sensitive eyes and sore eyes


These are the main symptoms and you will likely have a general pain around the face,
ears and eyes and especially at the jaw area.
                 What Causes TMJ?

                 There are six well known causes of TMJ which I have identified
                 below:




   1. Old age – simple wear and tear on the joint
   2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
   3. Osteoarthritis
   4. Constant clenching of the jaw
   5. Teeth Grinding usually caused by stress
   6. An accident or trauma where the jaw has been damaged




How To Get A Diagnosis for TMJ

Although this is a medical area that has not been particularly well researched, either
your doctor or dentist should be capable of identifing TMJ.


I should caution though, that many doctors initially diagnose TMJ as Tinnitus, when it
isn’t. Always check the other symptoms for clarification with your doctor.


Your doctor or dentist should then be able to refer you to an expert in the field of
treating TMJ known as a Maxillofacial surgeon. As the name would suggest their
expertise is in surgery which may at some stage be necessary.


However there are other treatments below which I have included that you should try
before going down that route.
What Are The Treatments For TMJ?

There are a range of different treatments available which you should try before you
consider the surgical options. These include:


      Jaw exercises
      Wearing of Mouth Splints
      Use of Mouth Guards or Braces
      Massage Therapy
      Neuromuscular Dentistry
      Acupuncture


All of the above should be considered before surgery as in many cases people get
great relief from these. They are also non-intrusive and can really help with the pain
management.


Surgery Options for TMJ

There are two main types of surgery available. These are:


      Arthroscopic – insertion of a small camera into the joint and removal of
       damaged tissues or bond chippings
      Arthrocentesis – small needles inserted and removal of damaged tissue or
       bone


There is also a more intrusive surgery option if the bone has been badly damaged
which can involve grafting and re-building of the bones and joint. This is only done in
extreme circumstances when the jaw has locked, or has been damaged beyond repair.


Conclusion

I hope you have found this short article helpful and informative. If you would
like to find out more then please click here for more detailed information.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Stats:
views:2
posted:1/21/2013
language:English
pages:5
Description: This article discussedswhat TMJ actually is. It also explains the symptoms and causes of TMJ and what the latest medical treatments are to help with pain management and a cure for TMJ.