chapter  57
Temporomandibular joint disorders
ByAndrew J. Sidebottom
Pages 12

INTRODUCTION Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems are a common cause of morbidity with around 30% of the population complaining of problems related to the joint at some stage during their life. Approximately 10% of the population has one or more TMJ symptom or sign at any one time. Differential diagnosis can be confusing and patients are often considered to have ‘earache’ and referred for ear, nose and throat (ENT) advice. This chapter will aim to provide guidance in the differential diagnosis and primary management of TMJ disorders, with advice when onward referral for subspecialist surgical advice is appropriate.