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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that affects the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort in the jaw, face, and neck; difficulty chewing or speaking; and a clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves.
There are several treatment options for TMD, depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Some common treatments include:
These are worn over the teeth to help align the jaw and reduce stress on the temporomandibular joint.
This can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the jaw and neck, and improve flexibility and range of motion.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with TMD.
Corticosteroid injections can be used to reduce inflammation and pain in the temporomandibular joint.
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the temporomandibular joint.