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A 21-year-old female asked:

Where r the areas in your head where they would hurt if u have tmj? mines hurts on top & n front of my ears! mri of brain normal 4-18-13 lots of ha

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Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 11 years experience
Varies: Tmj problems vary in nature, severity, and duration. Depending on the cause of the TMJ pain, you may experience pain of the lower jaw, cheek area, in front of the ears, temple region, and even the back of the neck. Chronic tmd requires an evaluation by a trained professional and if you have chronic pain i would suggest you see a dentist trainedto manage tmd or myofacial pain. Best of luck.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
TMJ: The areas that you note can be related to muscle spasms as a result of a "bad bite" , one of the signs of TMJ dysfunction. Please see a dentist who has had training in diagnosing and treating the many issues that are part of tmd.
Dr. William Williams
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
TMJ pain area: We have pain maps of each muscle related to TMJ that show where the pain originates. Those two spots you mention are common ones we see in TMJ cases.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Could be TMJ: Areas you mention common in TMD. See TMJ expert for exam. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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