Scottsdale Dental Centre
Dr. Farhan Ahmad

What is a TMJ or TMD?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, your jaw joints. The pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around the jaw joints is called a TMJ disorder.


Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder (or TMD) are:

• Facial pain or tenderness 

• Jaw pain 

• Pain in or around the ears 

• Neck pain 

• Jaw stiffness 

• Discomfort while chewing 

• Headaches 

• Difficulty opening and closing the mouth 

• Jaw “locking up” 

• Jaw makes a clicking sound 

• Teeth that don't come together properly when eating or chewing 


There are a variety of treatment options for TMJ. Be sure to ask your dentist about these.