What is Temporomandibular Disorder?

https://vimeo.com/205219246Confused about TMJ and TMD? In the following video, Dr. Dusel explains what the two acronyms mean.

  • 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.
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