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Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

Symptoms may happen in the head or neck.

Temporomandibular Joint : Areas of Pain

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People with TMD may have:

  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Problems opening the mouth fully
  • A feeling of the jaw “catching” or “locking”, when opening or closing the mouth, or while chewing
  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds or feelings while eating and drinking
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Muscle pain/spasm in the temple or TMJ
  • 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: https://www.aaoms.org/docs/practice_resources/clinical_resources/tmd_disorders.pdf. Accessed July 29, 2019.

Temporomandibular disorders. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114703/Temporomandibular-disorders. Updated February 20, 2018. Accessed July 29, 2019.

Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) pain. ENThealth—American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/content/tmj. Updated January 2019. Accessed July 29, 2019.

TMJ. Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/tmj. Accessed July 29, 2019.

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. Accessed July 29, 2019.

Last reviewed June 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD  Last Updated: 7/29/2019