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 jointHeadacheEar painNeck painSwelling on one or both sides of the face
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http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/TMJ. Updated March 21, 2013. Accessed April 5, 2013.
Last reviewed March 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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