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Information on jaw pain, arthritis, conditions, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, pain relief, prevention, surgery and other treatment options. Problems in the joints and muscles of the jaw can cause jaw pain, clicking, crunching, locking, popping, earaches and headaches, these are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
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Arthritis of the Temporomandibular Joint
Jaw pain can be caused by arthritis of the temporomandibular joint. Treatment depends on the specific type of arthritis.

Guide To Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
TMD is a group of conditions affecting the jaw joint.

What Are Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?
Temporomandibular joint disorders affect the jaw which is among the most used joints in our body.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your lower jaw to your skull. There are two matching joints, one on each side of your head, located just in front of your ears. "TMJ" literally refers to the joint but is often used to refer to any disorders or symptoms of this region. Problems include popping sounds in the jaw, jaw pain, earaches, and other types of facial pain.

Prognathism - Extended chin
Prognathism is a protrusion of the jaw (mandible) due to misalignment of teeth caused by malformations of the shape of the bones of the face. Prognathism may cause malocclusion (misalignment of the biting surfaces of the upper and lower teeth), giving some people an angry or fighter's appearance. Prognathism may be a symptom of various syndromes or conditions.

Prognathism (Photo-Picture)
Prognathism is a descriptive term for a lower jaw that protrudes forward beyond the plane of the face.

Face pain - Facial pain
Face pain may be dull and throbbing or intense and stabbing discomfort in one or both sides of the face. Pain that originates in the face may be caused by a nerve disorder, an injury, or an infection in a structure of the face. Face pain may also begin elsewhere in the body. Sometimes face pain occurs for no known reason.

Jaw pain and heart attacks
Question: Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack?

Jaw pain and heart attacks (Image)
Pain from a heart attack may sometimes radiate to the jaw and teeth. Chest pain is a major symptom of heart attack, but other symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath, nausea, or vomiting may also occur.

Jaw Pain - Symptom Checker
Some causes are related to cardiovascular disease. Jaw pain is a fairly common manifestation of angina. When jaw pain is episodic (and especially if it is related to exercise and relieved by rest, and associated with chest discomfort) the diagnosis of angina should be considered. Unexplained episodic jaw pain should be evaluated by a physician.

The Pain Relief Quiz
How much do you know about relieving pain? Pain serves as the signal that something is wrong in the body. There are many pain relieving techniques which can be tried. Do you know about the various pain treatment options? Take the Pain Relief Quiz.

Bruxism / Teeth Grinding And Clenching
Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth. The term clenching means you tightly clamp your top and bottom teeth together. The stress of clenching causes pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. This can lead to jaw joint disorders, jaw pain and soreness, and other problems often collectively referred to as "TMJ" or temperomandibular joint problems.

The Pain Quiz - Acute vs. Chronic Pain
There's more to know about pain than the fact that it hurts. Do you know the difference between acute and chronic pain? Do men and women respond to pain differently? How many older people take a painkiller on a regular basis? What is R.I.C.E.? Are there any non-drug pain relievers? How much do you know about pain?

Facial trauma (Face and Upper Jaw)
Facial trauma is any injury of the face and upper jaw bone.

Jaw - broken or dislocated
Dislocated jaws, fractured jaw and broken jaws are facial injuries that result in the jaw bone breaking or moving out of position.

Mandibular fracture (Image)
The most common cause of broken or dislocated jaw is accident or trauma involving a blow to the face. The goal of treatment is proper alignment of the jaw bone so the upper and lower teeth come together normally. Surgery is often required for moderate to severe fractures to align and immobilize the bone so it can heal.

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