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TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is a painful condition in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Sometimes severe clenching or grinding of the teeth, a jaw injury or arthritis brings it on.
Symptoms include pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide. You may also have difficulty opening your mouth wide or your jaws get stuck or locked in the open or closed position. You may also make "clicking" sounds upon opening or chewing.
If you experience any of these, come see us right away. We will examine you and determine if it is TMJ. Once we know, we can suggest some adjustments and relaxation methods to try at home. If it is severe we may suggest a bite appliance or medication.