The seven common symptoms of TMJ/TMD
The temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ, is the jaw joint that hinges the upper and lower jaw while connecting it to the skull. There is a joint on each side of the jaw, and when it becomes problematic, it can become a chronic concern known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. TMD can be painful and difficult for patients to manage, especially if the condition is more severe. However, with the assistance of the quality dental team at Montefiore Medical Center, we are able to help patients restore their lifestyle and avoid pain and discomfort associated with TMD.
What are the symptoms of TMJ/TMD concerns?
There are a wide range of symptoms that a patient may notice if they have a problematic temporomandibular joint. Some of the more commonly seen symptoms include:
- Pain/tenderness of the jaw and surrounding muscles
- Pain in one or both of the joints
- Pain/tenderness/aching around the ear
- Pain or difficulty chewing
- Facial pain
- Joint locking in the open or closed position
- Clicking/grating/popping sounds from the jaw when opening, closing, or eating
When should I see a professional?
Patients can have symptoms that are mild to severe based on their condition. Patients who have no pain or limitations with their TMJ joint may not seek medical treatment. However, patients experiencing severe pain or locking of the jaw may opt to visit a professional to get a proper diagnosis and learn more about the treatment and maintenance of TMD. A dentist can evaluate the mouth and determine the source of the problem, while providing treatment options for patients to consider. In many cases, patients may benefit from using an oral appliance. This is a mouth piece worn to reduce tension of the jaw joint and to keep the jaw better aligned. This is a non-invasive way to treat TMD. There are rare cases in which patients may require jaw surgery to address severe TMD.
Call Montefiore Medical Center today to learn more about TMJ/TMD symptoms
Our providers are available to assist patients with their dental health needs. Call (888) 700-6623 today to schedule your consultation visit and get a proper diagnosis of your oral health and conditions. We accept new patients ready for quality dental care with our team of experienced providers across 11 convenient locations.