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What are the symptoms of tmj and how to cure it ?

i am a 22 yr old girl i got orthodontic treatment done to improve malalignment of my anterior teeth. My lower teeth initially before the treatment was inclined inwards and my upper teeth was straight,which would make my chin look protruding.My orthodontist told me that he would bring forward my upper teeth and then my lower teeth to restore my bite.He has brought out my upper teeth but has not brought out my lower teeth due to which there remains a gap of about 1/2 cm between the lower and upper set of teeth. my both the set of teeth do not touch while i talk. the doctor says that he ll let the gap remain. i still have my braces on . Past 6 days i have been suffering pain in my jaw joints and i cant open my mouth, neither can i smile without hurting. is this TMJ and is this happening because of the orthodontic treatment. will the tmj pain go away once the lower teeth is made to touch the upper teeth.. please help!!!!!
Fri, 10 May 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for asking the query,

There are various signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction few are;
-Pain around the TMJ area and ears.
-Tenderness in the jaw.
-Difficulty in mouth opening and pain on chewing.
-Clicking or popping sound on opening and closing of the mouth.

This can be diagnosed with the help of thorough clinical evaluation and radiographs.
TMJ disorders can be treated by;
- Use of analgesics and muscle relaxants.
-Application of moist heat towels on both the sides of TMJ as many times as possible.
-Use warm saline gargles 3-4 times a day.
-Taking mouth excercises.
-Having a soft diet and avoiding wide opening of mouth during yawning and eating.

Hope this helps out.
Regards.
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for asking the query,

There are various signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction few are;
-Pain around the TMJ area and ears.
-Tenderness in the jaw.
-Difficulty in mouth opening and pain on chewing.
-Clicking or popping sound on opening and closing of the mouth.

This can be diagnosed with the help of thorough clinical evaluation and radiographs.
TMJ disorders can be treated by;
- Use of analgesics and muscle relaxants.
-Application of moist heat towels on both the sides of TMJ as many times as possible.
-Use warm saline gargles 3-4 times a day.
-Taking mouth excercises.
-Having a soft diet and avoiding wide opening of mouth during yawning and eating.

Hope this helps out.
Regards.
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Hello,
The various signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder are- There are many signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder but most common are •pain in or around the ear which according to the patient spreads to the face. •Tenderness of the jaw muscles. •Clicking or popping noise on opening or closing of the mouth •     Patient has the difficulty in opening the mouth. •     The jaws they get stuck or locks called as locked jaw. In this the patient is not able to close the jaw after opening. •Pain is there while opening the jaws widely, while yawning or while chewing. Patient complains of headaches or neck aches
Treatment of TMJ: * applying moist heat or ice on the face,
*muscle relaxing medication or ointments and pain medications *massaging the muscles
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
Temporomandibular disorder consists of pain around the ears, tenderness in the jaw, and can lead to difficulty in mouth opening and pain on chewing.
For treatment of TMJ syndrome inflammatory medications can be given.
Application of moist heat towels on both the sides of the face is required 5-10 times daily.
Relief anxiety and stress if any.
In some cases bite splint therapy can be given.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Regards.
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Dentist Dr. Vishal Jain's  Response
Hi Neha,

There is 1/2 cm of gap between upper and lower teeth, i suggest that this is normal.
usually there is an overjet present in normal dentition means upper incisor does not touch lower incisor rather they overlap lower teeth to make an overjet on them.

About your problem of pain while opening the mouth. tell your doctor clearly about your problem, he will check for the occlusion and vertical overlap of the teeth. if everything is normal. massage and exercise will help you.

Thanks,

Dr. vishal Jain, vitaldent, faridabad.
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Dentist Dr. Nidha's  Response
usually during the orthodontic treatment pain is felt in the jaws or TMJ region.don't worry,it is transient in nature.for the pain u can take antimmflammatory agent such as a piroxicam tablet for 3 days. apply hot fomentation packs in the region of tmj for 3-5 days. don't worry it will improve soon.
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