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TMJ

TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Symptoms

TMJ is often hard to diagnose. TMJ symptoms are not clear cut and may be attributed to other problems. The most common symptoms may include:

  • Headaches that are often severe and recurrent. TMJ headaches commonly occur on one side of the head, and in areas around the eyes, cheeks and temples. But they can also occur at the top or the base of the skull.
  • Tooth pain that cannot be traced to decay, nerve damage, or other causes.
  • Earaches or “stuffed” sensations in the ears, sometimes accompanied by dizziness or ringing or rushing noises.
  • Neck aches, shoulder aches or backaches, sometimes accompanied by numbness in the arms or hands.
  • Tenderness and swelling near the temporomandibular joint or in the sides of the face.
  • Clicking, popping or grating noises that occur when the jaw is opened or closed.
  • An inability to freely open the mouth, either because of pain or because something seems to “lock the jaw at a certain point.