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Facial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders

What is the temporomandibular joint?

The temporomandibular joint is a part of the masticatory system. It is related with the movements of the lower jaw and lies right in front of the ears. Between the upper and lower jaw bones constituting the temporomandibular joint is the disc (cartilage) protecting these osseous tissues. The disc is attached to the bony process in the lower jaw by some connections. Apart from teeth, the temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscles are also among tissues treated by dentists.

(Please consult your dentist for detailed information.)

» What are the factors that cause temporomandibular and masticatory muscle disorders?
» What are the complaints of individuals in case a problem arises related with the temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscles?
» What types of pain may occur in joint disorder?
» “I feel a clicking and (crepitation) ticking sound coming from the front of my ear”.
» What is the reason of clicking sounds I feel in my jaws?
» How do I understand that I clench and grind my teeth?
» Is there a relationship between bruxism and jaw disease?
» My child grinds his/her teeth while sleeping. Is that normal?
» I can’t open my mouth and I feel pain when I try to do so.
» I had my teeth renewed. Will my joint problem be over?
» My joint is dislocated when I yawn. What should I do?
» Can headache be related with jaw disorder?
» What are the treatment alternatives in temporomandibular disorders?
» Is collaboration with other medical disciplines necessary?
» Who should the patients visit in temporomandibular disorders? Is there such a specialty in dentistry?
» Should an x-ray be taken for the diagnosis?

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