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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works well, it enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause

  • Pain that travels through the face, jaw, or neck
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Jaw pain may go away with little or no treatment. Treatment may include simple things you can do yourself, such as eating soft foods or applying ice packs. It may also include pain medicines or devices to insert in your mouth. In rare cases, you might need surgery.

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  1. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (National Library of Medicine)  
    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works well, it enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around ...
  2. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Introduction Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ disorders, are a group of medical problems related to ... Last reviewed: 08/13/2012 1 Types of TMJ Disorders TMJ disorders can be grouped into three ...
  3. TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders ... There are two matching temporomandibular joints -- one on each side of your head, located just in front of your ears. The abbreviation "TMJ" literally refers to ...
  4. TMJ Disorders From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)  
    ... OralHealth > Topics > TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders) TMJ Disorders Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called " ... Research Hope for the future What is the temporomandibular joint? The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw, called ...
  5. TMJ Disorders (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... said Sally had a TMJ disorder. What Are TMJ Disorders? TMJ disorders are medical problems related to ... wide open or lock shut. Continue What Causes TMJ Disorders? It's often not clear what causes a ...
  6. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: TMJ Treating TMJ: Less Is Often Best Past Issues / Winter 2010 ... goes away by itself. Illustration: NIDCR What is TMJ? Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ, ...
  7. Less Is Often Best in Treating TMJ Disorders From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)  
    ... Muscle Disorders) Less Is Often Best In Treating TMJ Disorders What is TMJ? Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called "TMJ," ...
  8. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: TMJ Roller-coaster Ride to Relief From TMJ Past Issues / Winter 2010 Table of Contents Photo: ... smile today. But for the past two decades, TMJ has made her life a roller coaster of ...
  9. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (Academy of General Dentistry)  
    ... news feeds delivered directly to your desktop! more... Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Article Chapters Temporomandibular Joint Disorder What is ... men. Updated: November 2008 Previous Next Related Articles: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) Are You Biting Off More Than ...
  10. ... of this page please turn Javascript on. Feature: TMJ TMJ: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Past Issues / Winter 2010 ... Diagnosis There is no standard test for diagnosing TMJ. Currently, healthcare providers note the patient's symptoms, take ...
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