Symptoms of TMD may occur in the head or neck.
Temporomandibular Joint : Areas of Pain
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A number of symptoms may suggest TMD, including the following: Pain in the temporomandibular jointPopping, clicking, or grating sounds or sensations in the temporomandibular joint while eating and/or drinkingA sensation of the jaw “catching” or “locking” briefly, while attempting to open or close the mouth, or while chewingDifficulty opening the mouth completelyPain in the jawFacial painMuscle pain/spasm in the area of the temple or temporomandibular joint
HeadacheEar painNeck painSwelling on one or both sides of the faceRinging in the ears
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https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/TMJ/TMJDisorders.htm. Updated April 2015. Accessed February 22, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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