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A 61-year-old male asked:

I have jaw pain / tmj, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and chin. why does it radiate to these other areas?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
Dentistry 35 years experience
Radiating tmj pain: pain associated with TMJ often is associated with the muscles and ligaments that connect to the joint this may lead to pain or soreness in the cheeks, temple, neck or ear
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Referred pain: TMJ disorder is a dysfunction that causes pain throughout the face. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas, causing a headache, neck pain, earache, or even toothache.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Referred Pain: The TMj often involves surrounding muscles, ligaments and nerves and can have widespread associated symptoms.

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Last updated Apr 25, 2016

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