Q1. Which of the following does not describe TMJ disorder?
A. Issues with jaw pain
C. Temporary mouth joint disorder
D. Temporomandibular joint disorder
Q2. Which of the following is the temporomandibular joint?
A. A joint in your neck
B. The hinge joint for your lower jaw
C. Your knee joints
D. None of the above
Q3. True or False: Teeth grinding is both a symptom and a cause of TMJ disorder.
Q4. Which of the following is not a symptom of TMJ disorder?
A. Bruxism, or teeth grinding
B. Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods
C. Earaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain
D. Excessive tooth wear and loss of enamel
Q5. What are some effective treatments for TMJ disorder?
A. Correcting malocclusion
C. Stress relief
D. All of the above
TMJ Disorder Answers
A1. C, Temporary mouth joint disorder does not describe TMJ disorder. This condition is associated with jaw pain, particularly the lower jaw joint. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. TMJ disorder can also be abbreviated as TMD.
A2. B, The temporomandibular joint is your jaw hinge joint. It connects the mandible, or lower jaw, to your skull. This joint allows you to chew, open your mouth and speak. Since it is responsible for many of your mouth’s functions, it is even more important that the temporomandibular joint stays healthy.
A3. True, Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a symptom of TMJ disorder because the jaw hinge joint clenches, causing the teeth to grind together. Additionally, habitual teeth grinding puts stress on the temporomanibular joint, creating jaw muscle exhaustion.
A4. Trick Question! All of those answers are symptoms of TMJ disorder. Tooth sensitivity from TMJ disorder is a result of excessive tooth wear and loss of enamel from grinding your teeth together. Additionally, the constant strain on your jaw from TMJ disorder creates soreness in your neck and shoulder muscles as well as earaches.
A5. D, All of the above are good ways to relieve pain from TMJ disorder. A corrected bite will keep teeth from grinding at odd angles and help relieve jaw muscle tension. Relieving tension all over your body will often result in a relaxed jaw muscle as well. People who have chronic stress may find themselves clenching their jaws throughout the day. Nightguards will block back teeth from grinding in your sleep, preventing excessive tooth wear.
Treating TMJ Disorder in Riverside County
Riverside Dental Group looks forward to helping you relieve your jaw pain and stop suffering from TMD. For more information about night-time mouthguards, orthodontic treatment, or ways you can improve your oral health, contact one of our offices nearest you. We serve patients throughout Riverside County, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley.