Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Temporomandibular joint disorders, often referred to as TMD or TMJ, affect the joint where the jaw meets the skull, located in front of the ear. While different parts of the joint may be affected by a variety of conditions and causes, there are several symptoms to be aware of that may signal TMD. Our dentist in North Hollywood can help determine if you have a TMJ problem depending on any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Pain and tenderness in the jaw joint are the most common symptoms associated with TMD. This pain may be present whether the jaw is being used or not. Some individuals will experience an increase in pain when the jaw is opening or closing, or during activities such as biting, chewing, or speaking. This pain and tenderness may affect the jaw, ear, face, neck, head, or even the shoulder.
The joint may make noise when in use, particularly a popping, clicking, or grinding. Jaw noises originating from the joint are a good indicator of possible TMJ. The jaw may also lock in place at the joint, preventing the mouth from opening or closing all of the way. You may experience difficulty in chewing or a change in your bite or the way your teeth fit together.