in Orlando, Florida
What is TMJ?
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The acronym TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and is sometimes used to refer to TMD when it’s called Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. The two conditions are the same.
If you are considering any restorative work such as fillings, crowns, bridges, or especially any cosmetic dentistry, it is most important that any signs and symptoms of TMD should be thoroughly evaluated before any treatment is begun.
The jaw joint (TMJ)
The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint, which connects the lower jaw with the skull and upper jaw. It provides the lower jaw with a full range of motion:
- Up and down
- Side to side
- Back and forth
The upper part of the jaw is the temporal bone of the skull. Located directly in front of the ears on both sides, the temporal bone is attached to the mandible (lower jaw) via the TMJ. The TMJ is the most used joint in the human body—almost in constant use for chewing, speaking, facial expressions, and other common movements.
Because it is so frequently used for such a range of common and necessary functions, TMD can be have profound and debilitating effects.
This is a patient-based advocacy organization and has stated that if you suffer from the signs and symptoms of TMD, that you first consult with a medical doctor to rule out any disease that may be causing your symptoms and that would be treated by medical practitioners.
If they are unable to find a reason for your problem, and you are referred to a dentist for a TMJ evaluation, we encourage you to then obtain multiple independent opinions on your condition.
Follow the links to learn more about TMJ, its symptoms, causes, and treatments:
- Neuromuscular Dentistry
- TMD and Headaches
- Common TMD Symptoms
- TMJ and Migraines
- Migraines and your bite
- TMD Treatments
- Metal-Free Dentistry
- Safety in Dentistry
- Frequently Asked Questions about TMD