TMJ Dysfunction is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of both the jaw muscles and the temporomandibular joints. The common symptoms are pain, followed by restricted jaw opening, and noises from the temporomandibular joints during jaw movement. Although TMD is not life-threatening, it can be detrimental to quality of life, because the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage.
TMJ Dysfunction is a symptom complex rather than a single condition, and it is thought to be caused by multiple factors. However, many of these factors are poorly understood, and there is disagreement as to their relative importance. There are many treatments available, and no widely accepted treatment protocol.
About 20% to 30% of the adult population are affected to some degree. Usually people affected by TMD are between 20 and 40 years of age, and it is more common in females than males. TMD is the second most frequent cause of oral-facial pain after toothaches.
This TMJ Dysfunction video should provide the viewer with general information, which will clarify the normal function of the TMJ, as well as, the most common conditions that mimic the symptoms of TMJ Dyfunction.
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This book written by a physical therapist focuses on conservative measures to relief headaches, neck pain and jaw discomfort employing muscle massage to posture correction. The book presents a 10 step program to achieve these results.
This book on Taking Control of Your TMJ is another conservative approach to recommend conservative measures that may relieve TMJ dysfunction. It reviews normal anatomy and has interesting insights on the role of whip lash injuries affecting the TMJ.
This dental mouth guard intended for the relief of night-time bruxism (grinding of the teeth) is a highly popular product. It reports over 3,000 buyers and illustrates a simple do-it-yourself approach to making an oral night guard that might cost over $200 if fabricated by a dentist.
This professionally made in a dental laboratory dental mouth guard has some advantages over a do-it-yourself device. This dental mouth guard, is also used to help relieve grinding of the teeth. It’s made from dental impressions of your teeth, and features a medium hard surface that may more likely prevent locking of the teeth during an episode of grinding while asleep.
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