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TMJ Disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a catch all term used to describe dysfunction of the jaw muscles and joints. TMJ disorder affects people of all ages and impacts approximately 5% of the population.
The condition can result in the misalignment or displacement of the jaw which places stress on the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and connecting tissues of the TM joints.
When the condition is prolonged, your body may begin to compensate by adapting an unnatural position involving the muscles of the neck, back or even the arms and pelvis.
It can present as:
It may develop from the following:
While the approaches list below do not treat the cause they can reduce the symptoms. Relief may be found by:
If you suspect you may suffer from TMJ Disorder call our practice for an appointment. Before any TMJ treatment plan can be established there are two steps:
This information gained is invaluable if the dentist hopes to plan and manage an optimal dental therapy that will work with your specific physiology.