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If you are experiencing serious jaw pain near the base of your ears, or you have radiating pain that spreads from near your ears to your temple or throughout the rest of your jaw, this could indicate TMJ/TMD.
TMJ/TMD may also cause the joint to not work properly, resulting in “clicking” or “popping” noises when you speak, chew, yawn, or open your mouth widely. In more serious cases, the joint may even lock up, making it hard to open or close your mouth all the way.
Other signs and symptoms include pain and tenderness in the jaw muscles, difficulty chewing, and aching facial pain. If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, it’s likely that you have TMJ/TMD, you should get help from Dr. Corey Acree as soon as you can.
The terms TMJ and TMD are used synonymously to refer to a jaw condition known as “temporomandibular joint disorder.”
The temporomandibular joint is located just beneath each of your ears. It’s responsible for connecting your jaw to your skull, so it’s an important part of your anatomy, and is used when you chew, eat, yawn, speak, and more.
As the name suggests, TMJ/TMD occurs when this small, delicate joint becomes damaged or inflamed. This can be caused by direct trauma, such as a blow to the head. Other causes of TMJ/TMD include jaw overuse (clenching or chewing gum excessively, for example), and inflammatory conditions like arthritis.