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"What kind of doctor should I see for TMJ?"
Haveing a tmj issue, what kind of dr do i consult with?
The temporo mandibular joint, or TMJ, is as you know the joint where the lower jaw bone connects to the skull. Temporo mandibular joint pain syndrome is a very common medical problem, and symptoms typically include pain in the joint, especially with chewing. There may also be trouble opening the mouth wide in more severe cases. TMJ pain syndrome is most often picked up and evaluated initially by your dentist. Therefore, this would be a good place to start for a consultation, if you haven't seen any doctors yet at all. The reason that dentists are so involved in the treatment of TMJ pain syndrome is that most of the causes of the problem related to the mechanics of the teeth and the jaw. For example, over biting in the mouth or misalignment of the teeth of the upper and lower jaw is the most common cause of TMJ pain. Similarly, grinding of the teeth, which most often occurs at night, is also associated with TMJ pain. Your dentist will be able to evaluate you for these causes and, if they find something, they will be able to recommend various treatments, which could include anti inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or bite guards. Please see your dentists soon.
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