Do you have pain in your face, jaw, or ear? Do you have trouble chewing? Does your jaw click or pop? These can be symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). This describes the group of problems related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and nearby muscles.
TMD causes many kinds of symptoms. That’s part of the reason why it can be hard to diagnose. Symptoms can include the following:
- Facial pain with jaw movement (may come and go or be constant)
- Trouble chewing
- Pain or soreness around the jaw
- Neck stiffness or pain
- Earaches or ear fullness
- Headaches or pain behind the eyes
What can I do?
If you are having TMD symptoms, call us right away. You don’t have to live with pain or discomfort. TMD can be treated. A key part of treatment is learning to manage your condition at home.
The temporomandiubular joint (TMJ) is a ball-and-socket joint located where the lower jaw meets the base of the skull. There is one joint in front of each ear. These joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones that work together as a system.
A healthy TMJ allows comfortable talking, chewing, and yawning. Muscles contract and relax to open and close the joint. The disk absorbs pressure in the joint. It also allows the jaw to open and close smoothly. Ligaments and tendons connect the lower jaw to the skill. They also support the joint.
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