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temporomandibular

 [tem″po-ro-man″dib´u-lar]
pertaining to the temporal bone and mandible.
temporomandibular joint disorder (temporomandibular joint syndrome) dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, marked by a clicking or grinding sensation in the joint and often by pain in or about the ears, tinnitus, tiredness and slight soreness of the jaw muscles upon waking, and stiffness of the jaw or actual trismus. Numerous causes have been proposed, such as mandibular overclosure, stress, and lesions of the joint. Called also TMJ disorder or syndrome.



Treatment may include medical therapy, dental therapy, or a combination of these. Dental treatment usually involves insertion of a biteplate to prevent the teeth from meeting and grinding against one another. The biteplate relieves pain and promotes muscle relaxation and normal positioning of the mandible, which allows the inflamed joint to rest and heal. Once the inflammation has subsided and normal neuromuscular function returns, the dentist may attempt to correct malocclusion. Medical therapy may include local heat applications to improve circulation and promote relaxation, corticosteroid injections into the joint, jaw exercises, and analgesics, muscle relaxants, and antiinflammatory agents.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

tem·po·ro·man·dib·u·lar

(tem'pŏ-rō-man-dib'yū-lăr),
Relating to the temporal bone and the mandible; denoting the joint of the lower jaw.
Synonym(s): temporomaxillary (2)
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temporomandibular

(tĕm′pə-rō-măn-dĭb′yə-lər)
adj.
Of, relating to, or formed by the temporal bone and the mandible.
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tem·po·ro·man·dib·u·lar

(tem'pŏr-ō-man-dib'yū-lăr)
Relating to the temporal bone and the mandible; denoting the joint of the lower jaw.
Synonym(s): temporomaxillary (2) .
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

tem·po·ro·man·dib·u·lar

(tem'pŏr-ō-man-dib'yū-lăr)
Relating to temporal bone and mandible; denoting joint of lower jaw.
Synonym(s): temporomaxillary (2) .
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about temporomandibular

Q. I have a pain in the side of my head how can I know if it is serious? In the last two days i have a pain in the side of my head. The pain is more severe after eating but I can feel it almost all the time. how can I know if its something severe or just a temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome ?

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Evaluation of the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of the thickness of the roof of the glenoid fossa of the temporomandibular joint.
Temporomandibular joint are not developed until late teen years, so TMDs are unlikely to be found in individual below that age.19 The range of number of missing of teeth was from 3 to 25.
Stress as a risk factor for the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome in police workers
Signs and symptoms of TMD were assessed according to RDC/TMD, which encompasses a series of diagnostic criteria, thus enabling the evaluation of the temporomandibular disorder and the psychosocial situations related to it (13).
4% of individuals had slight deviation while opening the mouth and had pain over cheek and temporomandibular joint area.
Age-related associations between psychological characteristics and pain intensity among Japanese patients with temporomandibular disorder.
The risk of temporomandibular disorder in patients with depression: a population-based cohort study.

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