Jaw Pain: It's Not Just Stress
What Is in a Name?
Details of the Temporomandibular Joint
- Trauma to the jaw or neck
- Arthritis of the joint
- Oral habits (eg, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, lip biting)
- Bite problems that affect how the teeth fit together
- Muscle tension
What Are the Symptoms?
- Pain or discomfort in and around the jaw joints, ears, or muscles of the jaw, face, temples, or neck
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Chewing problems
- Painful clicking, popping, or grating sounds when moving the jaw joint
A Complex Diagnosis
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain http://www.aacfp.org/index.cfm
TMJ/TMJD—Jaw Joints & Allied Musculo-Skeletal Disorders Foundation http://www.tmjoints.org/
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com. Updated April 16, 2012. Accessed July 5, 2012.
TMJ disorders. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/TMJ/. Updated March 2010. Accessed July 5, 2012.
TMD Tutorial. American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) website. Available at: http://documents.clubexpress.com/documents.ashx?key=aNhu63X5hSYllH29rnl%2fSy1kYmmUYJsLoI0v%2b%2fa2M7mE134KjmcZzhocykb%2bdDeq. Accessed July 5, 2012..
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/27/2012 -
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