TMJ Symptoms


 

Question: The most used joint in your body?
Answer: Not your knee. It’s your TMJ.

Think about that for a moment! Every time you talk, chew, swallow, sing, yawn – you are using this joint. It’s one of the most important joints in your body while at the same time, probably the least recognized. Breathing, eating, drinking – all of them impossible without healthy and properly functioning jaws.

Common TMJ Symptoms

TMJ, TMD, TMJD Explained.

TMJ

  • This abbreviation is short for the term Temporo-Mandibular Joint.
  • Simply stated, this is your jaw joint; the area where your lower jaw (mandibular) attaches to the skull at the temporal bone.
  • You have two TMJ’s – one on each side although they work together in unison.
  • Experiencing discomfort or pain in this area is commonly referred to as “TMJ” when in actuality, TMJ is just the name of the join.

TMD

  • This abbreviation is short for the term Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder (or Dysfunction).
  • TMD is an umbrella term used to describe various problems that are associated with your jaw joint.
  • Problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw are what causes TMD.

TMJD

  • This abbreviation is short for the term Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder or Dysfunction.
  • This term refers to a complex set of circumstances that can cause pain in the area of the jaw joint and associated muscles and/or problems using the jaw.
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Dental Center of Tysons Corner
8270 Greensboro Drive, Suite 101
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-214-6570
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