Adults Under 40



The temperomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD. The exact cause of a TMJ disorder is often unclear, but possible causes can include arthritis, dislocation, injury and/or problems related to alignment or teeth grinding from stress.

Symptoms can include:

  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • Headaches

Possible causes of jaw pain or facial pain include:

  • Sinus problems
  • Toothache
  • Infections
  • Arthritis
  • Injury
  • Tooth grinding
  • Periodontal disease

Plan for treatment will depend on the source of your facial pain, but recommendations may include:

  • Mouth protector
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Root canal therapy
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Extraction

If you suffer from jaw pain or facial pain, speak with your dentist or physician for diagnosis and treatment.