Medical Conditions, Disorders & Syndromes That Must Be Differentiated from TMJ Disorders

At Oasis Dental, Dr. Rick Soordhar** and Dr. Vick Soordhar** work in a multidisciplinary approach for TMJ Management and Treatment with Dental Specialist**, Medical Doctors, Pain Specialist, ENT Specialist, Neurologist Specialist, Pediatricians, Physiatrist, Orthopedic Surgeon and other Health Care Providers (Chiropractors, Physiotherapist, Message Therapist (RMT), Osteopaths, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist) to provide a diagnosis to rule in or rule out TMJ Disorder (TMD) from other medical conditions (as listed below). These medical conditions occur in both adults and children.

TMJ Treatment is different than Treatment for Motor Movement Disorder

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders (TMD) involve the head, neck and jaw area, including function and pain. This is why it is important to distinguish between TMJ (TMD) Disorder Symptoms and Treatment from Symptoms and Treatment of Motor Movement Disorders such as:

  • Parkinsons
  • Parkinsonian Conditions
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Hyperkinesias (Body Tremors, Essential Tremors, Oculogyric Crysis)
  • Dystonia (Craniocervical Dystonia, Oromandibular Dystonia, Miege Syndrome)
  • Spasmotic Torticollis / Cervical Dystonia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Hemifacial Spasms
  • Choreas
  • Huntington Disease
  • Tics (Neck Tics, Facial Tics, Eye Tics)
  • Blepharospasm
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Myoclonus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Facial Motor Movement
  • Gait disorder

TMJ Treatment is different than Treatment for Orofacial Pain Disorder

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders (TMD) involve the head, neck and jaw area, including function and pain. This is why it is important to distinguish between TMJ (TMD) Disorder Symptoms and Treatment from Symptoms and Treatment of Orofacial Pain (aka. Craniofacial Pain, Cranio-Cervical Mandibular Disorder CCMD such as:

1. Musculoskeletal
  • Muscle Problems
    • (a) Myalgia
    • (b) Myofascial Pain Disorder
    • (c) Myositis
    • (d) Trismus
    • (e) Spasm
    • (f) Contacture
  • Joint Mechanics (TMJ-Disc Intracapsular)
    • (a) Capsulitis / Synovialitis
      – jaw pain, ear pain, pain on biting, bite feels off
    • (b) Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction (clicking, popping joint noises)
      – jaw pain, ear pain, pain on biting, bite feels off
    • (c) Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction and Intermittent Locking
      – jaw pain, clicking, popping joint noises with lock jaw stuck, trouble opening mouth, trouble closing mouth
    • (d) Anterior Disc Displacement without Reduction
      – jaw pain, lock jaw, getting stuck, trouble opening mouth, trouble closing mouth
    • (e) Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthrosis, Osteoarthritis)
      – possible jaw pain lock jaw, getting stuck, trouble opening mouth, trouble closing mouth
  • Ligaments / Tendons
    • (a) Eagle’s Syndrome (Stylomandibular Ligament)
    • (b) Ernest Syndrome (Temporalis Insertion Tendonitis)
2. Neurovascular and Neuropathic Orofacial Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Migraine
    • (a) Migraine with aura
    • (b) Migraine without aura
    • (c) Retinal migraine
  • Tension Type Headaches
  • Other Primary Headaches
    • (a) Primary Stabbing Headache
    • (b) Primary Cough Headache
    • (c) Primary Exertional Headache
    • (d) Primary Headache Associated with Sexual Activity
    • (e) Hypnic Headache
    • (f) Primary Thunderclap Headache
    • (g) Hemicrania Continua
    • (h) New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH))
  • Autonomic Cephalgias
    • (a) Cluster Headaches
    • (b) Paroxysmal Hemicrania
    • (c) SUNCT (Short-lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform Headache attacks with Conjunctival Injection and Tearing)
  • Peripheral Neuropathic Pain
    • (a) Chronic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain
    • (b) Neuritis
    • (c) Neuroma
    • (d) Traumatic Neuralgia
  • Neuralgias
    • (a) Trigeminal Neuraliga
    • (b) Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
    • (c) Nervous Intermedius Neuralgia
    • (d) Superior Laryngneal Neuralgia
    • (e) Nasociliary Neuralgia
    • (f) Supraorbital Neuralgia
    • (g) Occipital Neuralgia
    • (h) Neck-Tongue Syndrome
    • (i) Constant pain caused by compression, irritation or distortion of cranial nerves or upper cervical roots by structural lesions
    • (j) Ocular Diabetic Neuropathy
    • (k) Head or facial pain due to herpes zoster
    • (e) Centrally mediated facial pain or cranial neuralgia
  • Central Neuropathic Pain
    • (a) Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
    • (b) Atypical facial pain
    • (c) Burning Mouth Syndrome
    • (d) Atypical odontaliga
    • (e) Anesthesia dolorosa
    • (f) Central pain from Multiple Sclerosis
    • (g) Persistent idiopathic facial pain
3. Other
  • Meniere’s Disease

* REFERENCE: TMDs – An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment. Daniel M. Laskin, Charles Greene, William Hylander, 2006.

** OASIS DENTAL EXCLUSIVELY TREATS AND/OR MANAGES THE MAXILLO-MANDIBULAR MALRELATIONSHIP AND/OR TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ) DISORDER (TMD) THAT ITS PATIENTS EXPERIENCE. NOTHING ON THIS WEBSITE OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN IS MEANT TO IMPLY OR STATE THAT OASIS DENTAL, DR. RICK SOORDHAR AND/OR DR. VICK SOORDHAR CURE OR TREAT ANY MEDICAL DISORDERS LISTED ABOVE.

** NOTHING ON THIS WEBSITE OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN IS MEANT TO IMPLY OR STATE DR. RICK SOORDHAR AND/OR DR. VICK SOORDHAR IS A “TMJ SPECIALIST”, ORTHODONTIST SPECIALIST, “DENTAL SLEEP APNEA SPECIALIST”, “IMPLANT SPECIALIST”, ENDODONTIST SPECIALIST, PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST, PROSTHODONTIST SPECIALIST, PERIODONTIST SPECIALIST, DENTAL ANESTHESIOLOGIST SPECIALIST, ORAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST, ORAL PATHOLOGIST SPECIALIST OR ORAL SURGEON SPECIALIST.

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