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    The "TMJ" is the temporomandibular joint - the joint which connects the jaw to the skull. Certain conditions, complications, and disorders can oc… Read More
    The "TMJ" is the temporomandibular joint - the joint which connects the jaw to the skull. Certain conditions, complications, and disorders can occur surrounding it, often due to heavy blows or whiplash. These complications are referred to as TMDs, or temporomandibular disorders. Read Less
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The "TMJ" is the temporomandibular joint - the joint which connects the jaw to the skull. Certain conditions, complications, and disorders can occur surrounding it, often due to heavy blows or whiplash. These complications are referred to as TMDs, or temporomandibular disorders.
 
Now, before aiming to treat a TMD, it should be ensured that you are actually inflicted with one, and not a common imitator of similar symptoms. Ringing in the ears is called tinnitus; pain in the jaw may cause the nerves in the brain that communicate with the jaw and the ears, and the pain can produce (for lack of better terms) a sensation of ringing, buzzing, or otherwise "phantom" noises. In this instance, you should aim to treat tinnitus first, instead of a TMJ.
 
Other ailments that produce similar symptoms include various dental and muscular defects, including tooth decay, arthritis, and gum disease. In any case, it is advised to visit a dentist and have a proper inspection to ensure that none of these problems exist, or (if they are present), to have them treated.
 
What are the symptoms of a TMD? Symptoms include: ? Experiencing pain or discomfort in areas of the face, jaw, shoulders, or around the near - especially when chewing or speaking. ? Difficulty opening mouth fully or closing mouth after it is open (also known as "lockjaw") ? Unusual noises (such as clicking or popping) coming from the joint of your jaw, especially when chewing or opening/closing mouth ? Facial swelling ? Inconsistencies in biting patterns; often described as if the teeth do not seem to fit together properly ? Headaches, dizziness, and muscle pain in all of the aforementioned regions,
 
How can these be treated? The most common treatment involves extensive surgeries, treatments, and therapies, but these are not exclusively the only way to go about dealing with such problems. There are many anti-inflammatories and anti-anxietants that can treat TMD. Because TMD is a muscular/joint disorder, stress and inflamed tissues are both possible routes of origin for it - consequently, it can be treated at superficial level through such medications.
 
Over the counter medications include ibuprofen and prescription medication such as co-sertraline are possible routes of TMJ relief with modern medicine. However, at home solutions are just as widely available. Pineapple includes a compound called bromelain, which acts as an anti-inflammatory. Others include fish oil, CoQ10, and butterbur. If medicating - either natural or synthetic - does not appeal to your worldview, there are ways to alter your lifestyle to attempt to alleviate symptoms of TMD.
 
Changing your diet to feature a majority of softer foods is a common way to reduce mechanical stress on your TMJ. This gives the TMJ a chance to repair itself without the use of additional supplementation. As well, using hot or cold packs to stimulate muscle tissue, practising relaxation techniques to relieve unnecessary tension, or improving your posture to prevent unneeded harm to your joints are all viable choices. None of the above statements are meant to treat life threatening conditions, but serve as guidelines to a happier lifestyle.
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