Temporomandibular Disorders

Your temporomandibular joint acts like a hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. This joint is at work every time you open or close your mouth. When there is injury or repeated stress applied to this joint, pain and dysfunction can occur. This is called a temporomandibular joint disorder.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw, neck and shoulders, or around your ear

  • Limited ability to open your mouth wide

  • Pain and discomfort while chewing

  • Headache

  • Locking of the jaw joint

  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth

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