Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD)

//Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD) 2015-06-30T01:34:04+00:00

The TMJ is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This joint is involved in the movement of the jaw chewing, speaking, and other functions. The typical pain that the patients describe with TMJD is a deep aching, nagging pain that can radiate into the ear or down the jaw triggered by chewing or pressure over that joint. Since this is considered an arthritic type of pain, the best approach for it is to use a mouth guard fitted by a dentist. Medications that can be used in treating the pain include NSAIDs (Motrin, ibuprofen, naproxen, meloxicam, diclofenac), tramadol and opioids. Cortisone injections in the joint can be effective in certain patients.