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Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Posted by STREAMSIDE DENTAL on Sep 28 2022, 10:10 AM

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located at your jaw. It’s where your lower jawbone meets the bone of your upper jaw. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. TMJ disorder refers to pain and tenderness in your jaw, face, and ears. This pain is usually caused by injury or stress to the muscles, ligaments, and joints around your jaw.

The most common symptoms of this condition are:

Jaw Pain

Many patients with TMJ disorder have jaw pain. This pain may come on suddenly or develop gradually over time. The pain may be felt in the jaw or may be felt in other parts of the face.

Jaw pain may be sharp or dull and may be intermittent or constant. Some patients experience pain that radiates into the face, neck, or shoulders. Jaw pain may also be accompanied by headaches.

Popping or Clicking Jaw

Jaw popping or clicking when eating, talking, or yawning is a symptom of TMJ disorder. A clicking or popping jaw is most commonly caused by an uneven bite. When the teeth don’t line up correctly, the jaw can pop when it moves.

Limited Movement or Locking of the Jaw

TMJ disorder causes a variety of symptoms, such as pain, limited movement, or locking of the jaw. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you may experience pain while chewing or talking. In some cases, TMJ disorder can cause discomfort in the jaw, face, and ears.

Tenderness or Soreness Around the Jaw

If you experience tenderness or soreness around your jaw, it could be a symptom of TMJ disorder. You may also notice a clicking or grinding sound when you open and close your mouth or when you chew. You may also experience headaches, earaches, or ringing in your ears.

Difficulty Chewing, Biting, or Swallowing

Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing can be a symptom of TMJ disorder. The jaw may be painful or even feel locked when trying to open and close the mouth. The jaw may also click or pop when opening and closing the mouth.

The jaw joint is the connection between the jawbone and skull. This joint allows the mouth to move up and down and side to side. If there is a problem with the jaw joint, the mouth may not move in a normal way. This can make chewing, biting, or swallowing very difficult.

Earache or Ringing In the Ears

An earache (or ear pain) can result from TMJ disorder. The TMJ connects the upper and lower jaw, so any disorder of the TMJ can affect your ears. This symptom may be temporary, or it may worsen over time.

Call us at (970) 306-0549 or visit Streamside Dental at 51 Eagle Rd, A1 Avon, Eagle-Vail, Colorado 81657, in case of a TMJ disorder. We will guide you further.

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