Symptoms of TMD may occur in the head, neck, and shoulders.
Temporomandibular Joint : Areas of Pain
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A number of symptoms may suggest TMD , including the following:
Pain in the temporomandibular joint Popping, clicking, or grating sounds or sensations in the temporomandibular joint while eating and/or drinking A sensation of the jaw “catching” or “locking” briefly, while attempting to open or close the mouth, or while chewing Difficulty opening the mouth completely Pain in the jaw Facial pain Muscle pain/spasm in the area of the temporomandibular joint
Headache Ear pain Neck and/or shoulder pain Swelling on one or both sides of the face
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Last reviewed June 2008 by
Laura Morris-Olson, DMD
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