Maybe you’ve been experiencing tenderness around your jaw and face, or a “clicking” or “popping” sound when you open your jaw. These strange sensations can be caused by a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (or TMJ Disorder), and symptoms can range from mildly annoying to debilitatingly painful. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, you may be... read more »
If you live with a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, you know just how uncomfortable and even painful a condition it is. The cracking, popping, and locking sensation in your jaw can range from annoying to debilitating, and many sufferers hope for a permanent solution. However, the causes of TMJ are little understood, and unfortunately, so is the efficacy of long-term treatments... read more »
Pain in your mouth is a job for the dentist, right? While this might be everyone’s first instinct, it’s not necessarily true. Orofacial and dental pain may feel similar at times, but they are two different conditions—and require two vastly different specialists to treat. 12 different specialties fall under the dental practitioner umbrella, and orofacial pain specialists are the most... read more »
When it comes to sleeping with TMJ or TMD, you can find yourself caught in a vicious cycle. Bruxism (grinding your teeth) or clenching your jaw is often caused by stress or anxiety, and it’s proven that a lack of quality sleep can exacerbate stress levels. However, when you are asleep, you’re unable to consciously suppress the exact kind of... read more »
Orofacial pain is common in much of the population, but the complex ways in which it presents and the numerous causes that exist make it difficult to diagnose and effectively treat. Pain can present in many different areas and with distinctly different sensations, yet still be considered “orofacial pain,” meaning that effective management usually comes down to a multidisciplinary approach—often... read more »
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects your jaw to the bottom of your skull and is the main hinge that allows you to open your mouth to eat and speak. This important joint requires multiple muscles to function correctly, but certain TMJ disorders can inhibit its function ad cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms in the body. TMJ disorders are... read more »
TMJ is a little-understood condition that can be annoying, uncomfortable, and even painful for people who struggle with it. TMJ Disorders affect the temporomandibular joint, the main joint that connects your jaw to the bottom of your skull and allows you open and close your jaw, and is characterized by tightness and discomfort as well as an audible “clicking,” “cracking,”... read more »
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can present in plenty of different ways, from a mild annoyance to a debilitating condition. When TMJ becomes so painful or uncomfortable that it interferes with daily life, some turn to lifestyle changes to alleviate symptoms for TMJ treatment without surgery. One of the most effective changes that people suffering from moderate to severe TMJ can make... read more »
Wisdom teeth emerge later as a person ages, which is why they’re associated with intelligence! Many people celebrate when their wisdom teeth come out in perfect alignment, but this is rare. For many people, wisdom teeth emerge at angles that impact their existing teeth, which can result in crowding of teeth, pain, jaw issues, and other problems. One of the... read more »
Temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD) is a complex condition, and the root causes aren’t fully understood. This means that when it comes to managing symptoms, there can be a range of options. TMD pain relief medication, including over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen, as well as prescription medications such as muscle relaxers and tricyclic antidepressants, are all valid for... read more »
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