TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a condition that can have a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. These include pain in or around the ears, clicking or popping noises in the jaw, difficulty opening or closing your mouth, and frequent headaches and neck pain. More serious conditions include improperly aligned joints, dislocated jaws, or various arthritic conditions within the joint.
CAUSES: Grinding or clenching of the teeth can lead to this. A misaligned bite or traumatic injury can contribute to this.
TREATMENT: TMD disorders are often managed, rather than cured. This can be done by using muscle relaxants, aspirin, or wearing a small plastic appliance made for this particular disorder. More serious forms of this disorder can require jaw surgery.