Orofacial Pain (OFP) is the specialty of dentistry that encompasses the diagnosis, management and treatment of pain disorders of the jaw, mouth, face and associated regions. The specialty of OFP is dedicated to the evidenced-based understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, etiology, prevention, and treatment of these disorders and improving access to interdisciplinary patient care. These disorders as they relate to orofacial pain include but are not limited to temporomandibular muscle and joint (TMJ) disorders, jaw movement disorders, neuropathic and neurovascular pain disorders, headache, and sleep disorders.
What is TMD?
The joint that holds the lower jaw below the skull is known as the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ. This joint is located in front of your ear on both sides of your head. When it does not work correctly or causes pain, doctors use the term TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Problems in the joints or in nearby muscles may cause TMD. Your doctor can give you more details about your diagnosis and treatment options.
TMD Symptoms can include:
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Difficult jaw opening: catching, locking, or shifting Painful joint noises: clicking, popping, or grating
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Brochure click here: AAOP_TMD_Brochure.pdf