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What is temporomandibular joint disorder and how can it be treated ?

hi, I m a 22 years old female. when I open my mouth, my jaw will have a tok sound. its not constant though. it doesnt hurt. is this tmj? how can it be cured?
Thu, 1 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
Yes, it is TMJ.
Temporomandibular disorders are a group of problems that cause pain and poor function in the jaw joint and the muscles responsible for jaw movement.
Treatment includes:-Pain relievers, Tricyclic antidepressants, Muscle relaxants, Sedatives.
Therapies:-Bite guards (oral splints), Physical therapy, Counseling.
Surgical or other procedures:-Arthrocentesis, injections, Surgery.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

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 out.

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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
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.
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  User's Response
This can happen with temporomandibular arthritis as well as ear infection (which is less likely). The clicks is usually seasonal. Consult a Rheumatologist to get a permanent solution instead of postponing the symptoms with analgesics.
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Dermatologist Dr. Gaurav Patel's  Response
sound is coming from madibular joint.
u need not to worry.
give up smoking or other habit if u have.
drink more water.
do blowing and whistling exercise.
it will subside its own
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General & Family Physician Dr. Tulasi Raman.P's  Response

Welcome to Healthcare Magic forum.

Its is not a "TMJ disorder" as you have no pain on opening the mouth or chewing.
But the problem seems to be in the Temporomandibular Joint, most probably of its dislocation. So, I advise you to consult a Dentist / ENT specialist.

Hope I have answered your query.
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