• Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

    Symptoms of TMD may occur in the head or neck.
    Temporomandibular Joint : Areas of Pain
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    A number of symptoms may suggest TMD, including the following:
    • Pain in the temporomandibular joint
    • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds or sensations in the temporomandibular joint while eating and/or drinking
    • A sensation of the jaw “catching” or “locking” briefly, while attempting to open or close the mouth, or while chewing
    • Difficulty opening the mouth completely
    • Pain in the jaw
    • Facial pain
    • Muscle pain/spasm in the area of the temple or temporomandibular joint
    • Headache
    • Ear pain
    • Neck pain
    • Swelling on one or both sides of the face


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