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, such as teeth grinding, teeth clenching, or 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
- Ear problems, such as aches, or sensitivity to noise or wind
- Reduction in the your quality of life
A Complex Diagnosis
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain http://www.aacfp.org
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
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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 31, 2013. Accessed May 6, 2014.
TMJ (temperomandibular joint and muscle disorders). National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/TMJ. Updated April 3, 2013. Accessed May 6, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/06/2014 -
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