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TMJ Disorders

Many people are unaware that TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, neck & facial pain and headaches can be interrelated. This can include pain and symptoms in and around the ears and eyes as well. Common complaints include ringing or hissing noises, ear stuffiness, earaches and occasionally dizziness. Other frequent symptoms can include increased sensitivity to light and sound.

TMJ or temporomandibular joint is the term referring to each of the two joints just in front of the ears that connect the lower jaw to the base of the skull. TMD refers to temporomandibular dysfunction of one or both of these joints and/or their associated muscles.

TMJ disorders (TMD) is a common term for a subgroup of craniofacial disorders.

There are two basic types of TMD:

  • muscle generated pain
  • jaw joint generated pain

TMD symptoms include pain or discomfort in or around the ear, jaw joint, and the muscles of the jaw, face, head and neck on one or both sides.

The pain may start suddenly or progress over months and years with off and on frequency and varied intensity. Clicking, popping, and /or grating noises in the joints may or may not be present. Limited mouth opening, locking, and chewing difficulties are also often associated with TMD.

TMD usually involves more than one symptom and rarely has a single cause.

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