I've Got TMJ, Now What?

Common Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ)* symptoms include pain in the area of the jaw joint and/or limited jaw movement, clicking and locking. However, there are other medical conditions that mimic TMJ symptoms.  Keep in mind that occasional clicking or discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing muscles is common and is not always a cause for concern. For many, the symptoms go away on their own after a period of time, even without treatment– similar to a sprained ankle.  Learn more.

*We use “TMJ” to refer to Temporomandibular Disorders. Over the years, a variety of acronyms (e.g., TMJD, TMD, TM) have been used to describe this condition.

Empowering You With Truth

Chaos. Stigma. Misinformation. Beyond symptoms, there’s a lot to manage when you have TMJ Disorders, and the answers aren’t simple. But there’s power in truth and support, and we’re here to provide it. For over 30 years, The TMJ Association has been the trusted source of information on TMJ – providing you with the latest and most comprehensive science-based information needed to make informed healthcare decisions.

Myth

TMJ is a well-researched, well-understood condition, and health care providers receive adequate education and training.

Fact

TMJ is a scientifically neglected, poorly understood condition; TMJ research is in its infancy. Given this, health care professionals receive little, if any, evidence-based education or training.
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Myth

TMJ should be treated solely by dentists.

Fact

The complexity of TMJ requires diagnosis and treatment by medical and other health care providers working in collaboration.
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Myth

TMJ is an isolated dental condition that only affects the jaw and teeth.

Fact

TMJ is a set of complex medical conditions that commonly overlap with other conditions and involve multiple systems in the body.
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Myth

Treatments for TMJ have been proven safe and effective.

Fact

There is little to no scientific evidence that TMJ treatments are safe and effective.
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Meet Heather

My name is Heather and I am 36 years old. I started having TMJ/TMD issues in 2010. I was diagnosed with Condylar Hyperplasia in 2015. I have had 4 surgeries within a 4-year time frame. First I had an arthroplasty surgery to try and stop the bone growth. After that failed I had three Total Joint Replacement surgeries. One on each side and then the right side replaced again only after two years. I currently still deal with symptoms such as migraines, facial pain, on and off swelling, and pain. More at: https://tmj.org/stories/meet-heather/

Read more patient stories: https://tmj.org/community/tmj-stories/

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Patient Reviews

“I just want to thank you for being there as a support system for sufferers of TMJ and chronic pain issues. It is wonderful to know that there is a place that understands and shows empathy for people like me who suffer with this illness.” Joanne

“I appreciate all the information, especially the links to studies that the website provides.  Thank you for existing!” Chris

“By happily stumbling onto your website, I feel I have found that proverbial needle in the haystack. It is absolutely an excellent website, and I recommend it as vital and very necessary to anyone who is suffering from TMJ (family and friends of sufferers as well). What is so wonderful is that there is a wealth of information that is all contained on one convenient website. No need to go hunting and searching through often misleading or confusing information.” Kimberly