Last week we covered what TMJ actually is, where you can feel the joint on your face and discussed the difficulty in determining the causes of TMJ. Some of you may be questioning if you currently are suffering from TMJ pain, so this blog we are going to list some typical signs and symptoms for you.
Symptoms of TMJ
- Jaw muscle stiffness
- Pain in the face, jaw or neck
- Teeth feel like they don’t fit together properly anymore
- Limited movement when opening your jaw or “lock jaw”
- Clicking or popping sounds when you chew or open/close your mouth
- Minimal swelling around your joint area visible on your face
- Grinding of your teeth
- Some people also experience headaches, neck aches, toothaches and even earaches
Currently there is no “standard test” our doctors can perform to diagnose you with TMJ as there would be for say a cavity. Our doctors will review your medical history with you, discuss the symptoms you are experiencing, examine the jaw and surrounding areas and review imaging we take at our office.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or would like to speak to one of our doctors who are trained to find the best option for you to assist with TMJ, please give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Next week we will cover the different treatment options for TMJ. Keep a look out for our next blog!