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TMJ Pain

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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, the jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. These disorders are often incorrectly called TMJ, which stands for  temporomandibular joint.

What Is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.

What Causes TMD?

The cause of TMD is unclear, but it is believed that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.

Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck – such as from a heavy blow or whiplash – can cause TMD. Other possible causes include:

  • Clenching or grinding the teeth, placing pressure on the temporomandibular joint
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the temporomandibular joint
  • Stress (causes people to tighten facial and jaw muscles and/or to clench their teeth)

Symptoms of Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

  • Pain in the jaw joint area itself
  • Pain in the neck and/or shoulders
  • Pain or tenderness in the face
  • Pain around the ear while chewing, talking or opening mouth wide
  • Difficulty or unable to open mouth very wide
  • Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open or closed position
  • Popping, grating or clicking sounds in the jaw joint while opening or closing the mouth
  • A tired feeling in the face
  • Difficulty chewing or an sudden uncomfortable bite
  • Feeling as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Dizziness

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