Common Signs of TMJ Disorders - Dental Team FL



Common Signs of TMJ Disorders

You may have heard the acronym TMJ before, but what does it mean? TMJ stand for temporomandibular joints, and it’s where the jawbone connects to the skull. Problems that arise in this area are called TMJ disorders. TMJ issues can limit John movement and pain can radiate towards the neck and head. In most cases the pain is temporary. TMJ conditions affect women higher than men.

Here are some of the most common TMJ disorder symptoms.

Jaw Pain

While there are several reasons why job pain occurs, TMJ is the most commonly reported symptom. It could range from mild to severe and can last for several weeks.

Some people may even suffer from lockjaw caused by TMJ. You should talk to your dentist if this is occurring to you.

Ear Pain

Another common symptom of TMJ disorder is ear pain. The jaw hinge is located below the years and people can experience pain when opening and closing their jar. Pain from spasms, the jaw opening and closing or biting in properly can radiate to the ear. When this happens try eating softer food.


TMJ muscles run along the cheeks and jawline. TMJ disorder can spread to the cheeks inside of the head. This can cause tension headaches. To figure out if your headache is caused by TMJ dentist look for other signs. Headaches that are accompanied by job pain or changes in bites or a clicking noise in the jar are signs of TMJ headaches.

Neck Pain

TMJ inflammation can spread around the muscles and nerves of the jaw. Because of this tightness in the muscles, you can feel it in your neck. This pain can become severe. They usually occur on the same side as the infected jaw, so your dentist will look to see if this is the cause of your neck pain.

Clicking Sound

If you hear a clicking noise with mild pain when you open and close your jar you may have a TMJ disorder. It can also be accompanied by tooth pain facial swelling or a neck ache. Have a chat with your dentist on your next appointment and let them know that your jaw has been clicking.


Sometimes people with TMJ disorder have pressure on the inner ear causing dizziness or vertigo. The vestibular system sounds wrong signals to the brain leading to vertigo. Treating your TMJ can help take of this.

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