TMD and TMJ are two terms that are used interchangeably, which is only fitting for a condition that is as hard to track down and diagnose as this is. Some people will attempt to make distinctions between the two terms, and many others, but the truth is that these terms basically describe the same condition.
If you have been told that you have TMD or TMJ, or suspect you might have symptoms of the condition, the best course of action is to seek a consultation with a dentist who handles neuromuscular dentistry cases. Dr. Sahra Kanji are general dentists who handle neuromuscular dentistry and have helped many individuals such as yourself to find relief from TMD/TMJ symptoms. Please call 403-768-2545 or email us today for your consultation.
Many Names, One Condition
TMJ is the most common term for temporomandibular joint disorder, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMJ was the original name used to describe the condition as well as the anatomical structure. It passed into common usage, because doctors would describe TMJ disorders, and patients would drop the descriptive term. Doctors and dentists who used it all the time also probably drop the final term. The expanded acronym, TMJD, also never caught on, so to many people, TMJ remains the name of the condition. The usage of the terms reflects their currency. TMJ is searched thousands of times a day in Alberta, but TMD is not searched enough to register in Google’s statistics.
That’s okay, because the condition is the same, no matter what you call it. Other names for TMJ include Costen’s syndrome, craniomandibular disorder, and myofacial pain disorder (MPD), which is also sometimes listed as a symptom of TMJ.
Naming Difficulty Unsurprising
That TMJ would have so many names is not surprising, considering how many disparate manifestations there are of the condition. Symptoms reported by people suffering from TMJ include:
- Jaw soreness
- Bruxism/tooth grinding
- Tooth damage/loss
- Muscle tightness in the jaw and neck
- Back pain
- Numbness in the extremities
And many others. TMJ became the proverbial elephant in a dark room that was described by many people and given many different names.
No matter what you call it, if you are suffering from symptoms associated with a dysfunction in your temporomandibular joint, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sahra Kanji in Calgary, Alberta.