• 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
    • Ringing in the ears

    References

    Temporomandibular disorders. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaoms.org/images/uploads/pdfs/tmj%5Fdisorders.pdf. Published 2013. Accessed February 22, 2017.

    Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114703/Temporomandibular-joint-TMJ-dysfunction. Updated May 11, 2015. Accessed February 22, 2017.

    TMJ. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/content/tmj. Updated December 2010. Accessed February 22, 2017.

    TMJ. Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/tmj. Accessed February 22, 2017.

    TMJ (temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders). National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/TMJ/TMJDisorders.htm. Updated April 2015. Accessed February 22, 2017.

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