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Pain experienced near your ear, in your facial muscles, and the sides of your head maybe an indicator that you have TMD, an abbreviation for temporal mandibular  dysfunction, which is commonly called TMJ.  This condition does bear an official acronym of TMD.

This painful disorder is characterized an comfortable feeling within the muscles surrounding the jaw joints that connect the lower jaw to your skull.  Sometimes inflammation with in the joint can even prevent you from opening or closing your mouth.   Although most people experience TMD within both joints resulting in pain on either side,  sometimes it only affects one side.

Signs that you might have TMD (TMJ)

Some of the signs that you might have TMD include difficulty or pain when opening and closing,  sore facial muscles, frequent headaches, and popping or clicking of the jaw joints.  Some of our patients even experience difficulty in finding where their ‘bite’ should be.  Overtime, bite relationships can even change with different dental treatment and different dentist philosophies for bite adjustments with new restorations.


Migraine or frequent headaches are often a symptom of TMJ problems. To find out more information about headache prevention click here.

Dentist Fitted Mouth Guard

One way to help in the prevention of TMD by athletes is by using a professionally fitted mouth guard. This guard will also help protect the teeth as well as prevent concussions. As an avid triathlete, Dr. Lobato is passionate about sports and sports injury prevention. He personally wears his guard nearly everyday. For more information click here.

To find out more about causes and treatments of TMD click here .