Difference Between TMD and TMJ

If you have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you have probably noticed that the more research you do about your condition, the more you find the acronyms TMD and TMJ used interchangeably. Many patients wonder what the difference is, or if there is one at all.

Although neuromuscular dentists also use the two terms interchangeably, TMD refers to the actual disorder in which your jaw joint is misaligned. Meanwhile, the joint itself – your temporomandibular joint – is abbreviated TMJ.

The temporomandibular joint itself is a ball-and-socket joint in your jaw. This joint makes it possible to open and close your mouth, or chew, talk, and yawn. When your jaw becomes misaligned from trauma or crooked teeth, these normal tasks can become painful, causing a wide range of symptoms that can affect your entire body.

TMD affects as many as 15% of all Americans. If you are experiencing unexplained jaw popping or clicking, migraines, or pain in your neck and upper back, it’s best to see a Philadelphia neuromuscular dentist to have your condition diagnosed.

If you are suffering from TMD and you live in the Philadelphia area, please contact the office of experienced Philadelphia neuromuscular dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall to schedule a personal consultation.

Posted in: Physiologic Dentistry, TMJ

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