Temporomandibular Disorder Explained

Confused about TMJ and TMD? In the following video, Dr. Andrew J. Dusel explains what the two acronyms mean, and how orthodontics can help fix a temporomandibular disorder.

  • A lot of times patients ask about TMJ and TMD. To clarify, TMD is temporomandibular disorder. TMJ, on the other hand, is your temporomandibular joint.
  • Very often, patients claim to have TMJ. They are referring to TMD, the disorder. As orthodontists, we want to make sure that we are identifying those situations.
  • So simply, TMD is any dysfunction, pain, popping and clicking within the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ).
  • Often, the patients know this because they have been told by their general dentist. Perhaps that they have some clicking or popping, or that they are clenching or grinding at night.
  • These can cause both muscle and joint problems. Therefore, those are certainly situations we want to know about when we are treating a patient orthodontically.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a temporomandibular disorder and looking for relief from the pain, contact Orthodontists Associates of Western New York for a free consultation. We can help correct the cause of TMD and TMJ and help you live a healthier and happier life. Download our free orthodontic care guide to learn more.

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