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Wed May 12 23:45:14 EDT 2010

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disease, and what can be done to either cure it or minimize it.
Asked By: olirosa  
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Type 2 Insulin user 2x/day, oral meds. I have talk to my Dr. and he suggested dental, also suffer from chronic sinus.
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2010-05-15 13:39:03.0

Hello OliRosa: Thank you for bringing your question to dLife.com. I am sorry to hear of the condition and related distresses, have you noticed an impact to the blood glucose readings? Temporomandibular, pertaining to the temporal region bones of the skull and the mandible, lower jawbone. Temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ syndrome, is defined as severe aching pain in and about this region of the joint junction of the mandible and temporal bone. You know where the cheek bone is, this joint is directly below this, or the dip in your cheeks. The syndrome is marked by limited movement of the joint and a related clicking sound during chewing, left untreated can become very serious. Causes include lesions of the TMJ joint, overbite or malocclusion of the teeth, or ill fitting dentures (if any), and tissue changes resulting in the pressure you feel on nerves in this area, can also radiate to other areas, potentially impact the whole body. This term TMJ, is used to refer to a group of problems involving the TM joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and other tissues associated with them and related areas. I would suggest an appointment with the dentist, (first place to start), the dentist you usually see for check-ups and cleanings. Many successful treatments are available; TMJ is actually the name of the joint.
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