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Craniofacial/TMJ Pain

Living with pain, any pain, can dramatically alter your quality of life. Craniofacial pain is a broad term used for encompassing all pain in the face and head, including those caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD). Craniofacial pain can include the following symptoms:

  • Muscular/facial pain

  • Locking of the jaw

  • Clicking or popping of the jaw

  • Nerve disorders

  • Referred ear pain, fullness or ringing

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain

  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD), describes a group of symptoms including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken, or worn teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw, and limited jaw movement. In many cases people suffering from TMJ/TMD report chronic pain in the jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulders, or back, or any combination of these areas. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infections and restricted airway are other problems associated with TMJ/TMD.

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