TMJ – Tempromandibul Joint
TMD – Tenyuomandibular Disorder (or Disease)
TMJ or TMD is a condition relative to head pain, rear neck pain, throat pain, pain in the upper chest or scapular area of the back. These headaches are often thought to be “migraines.”
They are usually on that part of the head, between the eye and the ear. This condition is often associated with a click in the jaw when eating or opening wide and pain in the condyle (jaw bone where it meets the skull in the front of the ear.)
Grinding (gritting) or clenching of the teeth is an indicative of TMJ.
Notches or recession of the teeth at the gum line is another clue. There may be clinical signs of impeding TMJ without any current pain, maybe just a few sensitive teeth.
This is a difficult condition to diagnose and then to treat. TMJ is the most unfamiliar and mysterious conditions in the dental profession.
Often a patient doesn’t think of seeing a dentist to stop their pain until after they have seen an eye doctor, ENT, general practitioner, orthopedic or other doctors. When all else fails they may see a dentist and often with no satisfaction.
I like treating this condition because I have a lot of success and I enjoy the nice result and challenge. I study to know most of the dental treatment protocols and love patients who are happy with the relief and results.
It is necessary to know all of the treatment modalities and how to switch and implement different approaches.