Posted on 08 December 2021

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) or jaw joints allow you to chew, speak and yawn. A disorder involving these joints can be painful and should be assessed by a dentist to receive the best treatment plan.

Key takeaways:

  • Underlying causes such as teeth grinding, misaligned teeth, trauma or excessive gum chewing can cause a TMJ disorder.
  • Orthodontics, physical therapy and medication are used to treat TMJ disorders and reduce discomfort.
  • Lifestyle changes such as avoiding gum and using jaw exercises may also be used to treat a TMJ disorder.

"Fortunately, there are many treatment options for TMJ, and the same therapies may not work for everyone. Treatment for any existing conditions, such as teeth grinding or arthritis, may be successful at reducing your TMJ symptoms." 

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