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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a term used for damage to the joint that connects the lower jaw and temporal bone. It is a very common condition because it can be caused by everyday habits such as chewing gum, fingernail biting, teeth grinding, clenching and some occupational tasks. 

The symptoms of TMJ disorder will generally cause discomfort and prompt sufferers to seek treatment. Not only will it restrict jaw movement, but it can also affect the surrounding areas and cause pain in the face, neck, shoulders, joints and mouth. Treatment for TMJ disorder can take up to several months, so it is advisable to begin as soon as possible. 

How Can It Be Treated? 

Visiting your dentist will allow them to help you implement self-management strategies that will reverse the effects of TMJ disorder. Your dentist will also be able to advise whether you require any medication or an occlusal splint to aid the process. 

How long will it take? 

This really depends on your individual circumstances, rest assured you can work with your dentist to develop a treatment plan that suits your needs.

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