temporomandibular (TMJ) joints
are where the jawbone meets the temporal bone of the skull. TMJ disorder can manifest in different symptoms, which include pain in the jaw joint, earache or
, difficulty chewing, locking of jaw and popping or squeaking of the jaw when moving. Specialists who diagnose and treat TMJ Disorder can include, GP,
oral and maxillofacial surgeon
. Generally the disorder is treated non-surgically with techniques that include resting the jaw; using anti-inflammatory medication, stress management to relax muscles in the jaw and jaw exercises. Treatments can include, orthodontic braces and plates to fix uneven bites, irrigation of the joint or a cortisone or steroid injection.
Joint replacement surgery
is considered a last resort option.
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