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Temporomandibular joint pain

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) is a term that refers to jaw pain. The preferred term for TMJ disorders, and jaw pain is temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

Causes

Some causes of jaw pain could include:

  • Grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw
  • Orthodontic work, such as braces
  • Injury to the jaw joint and muscles
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Lack of sleep
  • Excessive chewing

Symptoms

Symptoms of temporomandibular joint pain include:

  • Difficulty or discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Aches such as headaches, toothaches and earaches
  • Sounds such as grating, clicking and popping when using the mouth to open or close
  • Pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Locking of the jaw.

Treatment

Treatment will be determined by the cause of jaw pain. In some cases chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment are successful. In other cases, a dentist or psychologist may be necessary.

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