What are signs and symptoms of TMJ?

Everyone is unique, and while there are common symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), there are other signs that are related to TMJ / TMD issues that only a handful of people experience. For the sake of thoroughness, we have put together a list of every symptom we know of that relates to TMD.

As you read through this list, you will inevitably find symptoms that you experience and some that may sound a bit outlandish to you (like tingling in your fingers). To find out if your symptoms are related to TMD, you should consult with your dentist, or schedule an appointment with our TMJ Specialist, Jana.

Be sure to read our article, “What is TMJ” to gain a better understanding of how your temporal bones and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions. What is TMJ?

TMD TMJ Signs and Symptoms - Attune Massage Therapy

TMJ Fact:

Depending on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder, your symptoms may go away in a few days.

Your Jaw:

• You feel jaw pain or a tenderness feeling in your jaw, especially close to your TMJ joints.

• You feel pain in one or both of your temporomandibular joints (TMJs).

• You feel pain in your jaw joint that worsens throughout the day.

• You hear popping and/or clicking sounds in your jaw when you open and close your mouth or chew. (this condition is also known as crepitus).

• The clicking, popping, or grating sounds in your jaw joint causes pain.

• Your jaw locks in the open or close position (commonly referred to as lockjaw).

• Your jaw joint is difficult to open and/or close.

• You feel a dull ache in the muscles around your jaw.

• Your jaw muscles feel tight or stiff. (This is also referred to as myofascial pain.)

• Your jaw’s movement is limited.

• You feel a grating sensation when you are moving your jaw.

• You experience muscle spasms in the muscles that control your jaw.

• Your jaw regularly feels sore in the morning or late afternoon.

• You have arthritis around your TMJ.

• You experience uncontrollable jaw movements.

Your Mouth:

• You have difficulty chewing or experience pain while chewing.

• You experience pain that feels like a toothache.

• You feel pain at the base of your tongue.

• You hear popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth.

• You have cracked, worn, or broken teeth from grinding your teeth.

• You experience problems when you try to open your mouth wide.

• Your teeth are sensitive without an oral health disease.

• Your mouth has a limited range of motion.

• You frequently clench or grind your teeth.

• You notice a change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.

Your Ears:

• You feel an aching pain in and around your ear.

• You have difficulty hearing.

• You hear cracking, hissing, buzzing, or popping sounds in your ears.

• You experience earaches or ringing in your ears.

• You feel pain or tenderness in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide.

• Your ears feel clogged or itchy.

Your Face:

• You feel aching or radiating pain in your face.

• Your cheeks hurt.

• You experience tingling or numbness in your chin.

• You feel pain in your sinuses.

• You feel pain or tenderness in your face when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide.

• Your facial muscles feel tired.

• You notice swelling on the side of your face.

Your Head:

• You experience frequent headaches, including migraines.

• You regularly experience dizziness or vertigo.

• You feel pain, swelling, or a lump in your temple area.

• You feel shooting pains up the back of your head.

• Your scalp is painful to touch.

Your Eyes:

• Your vision is blurred.

• You feel pain spreading behind your eyes.

• Your eyes are sensitive to sunlight.

• Your eyes are bloodshot red without any obvious reason why.

Your Neck:

• Your neck muscles feel tight, stiff, or sore.

• You experience pain or tenderness in your neck when you speak, chew, or yawn.

• Your neck aches.

• You feel a radiating pain in your neck.

• You feel pain in the upper portion of your shoulders.

Your Throat:

• You have difficulty swallowing.

• You cough or clear your throat frequently.

• You feel like there is something stuck in your throat.

• You have a sore throat without infection.

Others Signs and Symptoms:

• You suffer from condylar degeneration (degenerative joint disease).

• You feel numbness or a tingling feeling in your fingers.

TMD Fact:

Women 18-44 years of age have increased risk of developing TMD.

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