TMJ Symptoms

TMJ Dysfunction — Typical Symptoms

Have you ever wondered if you have “TMJ?” Answering this question is challenging even for some doctors and dentists, unless they have the extensive training required to recognize the signs and symptoms. Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a condition affecting the alignment of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) that afflicts 83 million Americans over the age of 12. TMD is often called the “great imposter” because many symptoms related to the disorder are also similar to other diseases and disorders. There are dozens of surprising symptoms – many you might not think of as related to TMD – yet any, or all, can be indications of TMD.Typical Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Shooting pain up the back of the head
  • Ear pain or earache
  • Clogged, “itchy” or stuffy ears
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Decreased hearing
  • Pain in the cheek muscles
  • Uncontrollable jaw and/or tongue movement, lips twitching
  • Neck pain and/or shoulder pain
  • Swallowing difficulties, feeling of foreign body constantly in throat
  • Tired and sore muscles
  • Numbness in the arm, hand and fingers
  • Hair and scalp painful to the touch
  • Vertigo or dizziness

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms related to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) your next step is to see a dentist who understands and successfully treats TMD to determine if any signs of the disorder are present.

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