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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes pathology that may lead to temporomandibular joint and facial pain. Local causes of temporomandibular and facial symptoms include pathology of the temporomandibular joint, associated articular and periarticular structures (shading), and the facial bones including the sinuses, excluding the frontal bones and pharynx. Remote causes are defined as occurring outside these areas.

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Special Concerns

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  • Fever with jaw and tooth pain

  • Pain in masseter area with changes in salivation

  • Progressive limitation of mandibular ROM and increasing pain

  • Severe facial pain with hypersensitivity to touch

  • Sudden onset of severe headache

  • Stiff neck associated with fever

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Temporomandibular Joint and Facial Pain

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