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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you have tender points with tmj?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 37 years experience
Absolutely!: Tender trigger points are one of the main characteristics of TMJ problems. These are usually in the jaw muscles or directly over the jaw joint in front of the ear, and can be very tender to touch.
Dr. Gerald Unhold
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Yes, however i don't treat TMJ dysfunction. In most instances TMJ dysfunction should be treated non-surgically. Only patients that have failed non-surgical treatment are surgical candidates.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: I realize that fibromyalgia is usually diagnosed with a test that identifies 18 tender points. The jaw joints and face/neck are certainly considered part of the 18. So tender points are present with tmd.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Trigger points?: Do you mean trigger points? Sensitive areas in the muscles around the TMJ are common and can respond to trigger point injections.
Last updated Aug 11, 2017


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