Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes many kinds of symptoms. This term describes a group of problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and nearby facial, neck, and head muscles. That is part of the reason why it is oftentimes difficult to correctly diagnose. You may have headaches, tooth pain, or muscle aches.
TMJ / TMD problems include tight muscles, joint inflammation, joint damage, or teeth grinding or clenching. They are often accompanied by joint noise and sometimes clicking, popping, or even locking of the jaw. If the latter occurs, an MRI may be recommended so our orthodontists can accurately diagnose any joint discrepancies.
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