The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. Pain in this area is characterized as Temporomandibular Disorder. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn, and over time is susceptible to conditions like ankylosis, arthritis, and dislocations.
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let your doctor know at your next appointment. Your doctor can help determine if you have TMD and create a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.