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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

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Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • Dizziness

  • I can hear sounds while opening my mouth

  • Have a headache

  • Jaw popping and clicking

  • Dizziness multiple times

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What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ Disorder)?

This degenerative condition affects the jaw (temporomandibular) joint, causing changes and degeneration of bone structure, leading to joint inflammation and pain. The condition is more common in females than males. Risk factors include grinding or clenching teeth, dislocations or fractures, and genetics.

Typical Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ Disorder)

  • Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth

  • Unable to open mouth fully

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Repeated dizziness / vertigo

  • Difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)

  • Ear pain

  • Pain when pressing the sides of the head

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ Disorder)

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you hear a sound when you open your mouth?

  • Is it hard for you to fully open your mouth?

  • Are you currently dizzy?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you struggle with insomnia?

Treatmentof Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ Disorder)

Treatment options include physical therapy, oral or injected anti-inflammatory medication, wearing a specialized splint, lifestyle modifications, and rarely, surgical procedures.

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References

  • Marbach JJ. Arthritis of the temporomandibular joints. Am Fam Physician. 1979 Feb;19(2):131-9. PMID: 760437.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/760437/

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Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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