Common TMJ symptoms include:
The following is a list of common TMJ symptoms. Please understand that this list may not include every symptom a TMJ disorder patient may experience. Some TMJ symptoms are more common than others. If you feel as though you might have TMJ disorder, the first place to start would be an assessment
- Ringing in ears
- Jaw pain
- Back pain
- Face pain
- Ear pain/stuffiness
- Neck ache
- Difficulty chewing
- Shoulder pain
JAW AND JAW JOINT PROBLEMS
The TMJ is interconnected with many systems within the body. Any problems or discomfort within it can cause structural imbalances or health problems in another part of the body. It’s a little like having a pebble in your shoe – you naturally adjust your stride to make yourself more comfortable. But in doing so, you place more stress upon your ankle, knee, and hip. Your uneven hips then cause the adjustment and discomfort to travel up your spine. Before you know it you have a pain in your neck – all from a pebble in your shoe.
Just like the pebble, a problem in your TMJ can cause multiple, seemingly unrelated problems. While some symptoms can be easily traced back to the jaw joint – such as difficultly or pain in biting and chewing, clicks and grating noises from your jaw, or pain in your jaw or face – other symptoms, like neck, back, and shoulder pain, sinus pain, pain behind the eye, tension type headaches, ringing in the ears and even migraines may make it less obvious that the TMJ is the root cause of the problem.
To truly understand TMJ one has to understand the complex relationships between teeth, muscles, jaw joints, cranium, neck, brain, and the nervous system.
No two patients with TMJ disorder experience the same symptoms and pain. It is important that you book an appointment and receive a thorough examination and diagnosis before jumping to any conclusions about your health.