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If you have answered "YES" to any of these questions, you may have a temporomandibular disorder and should seek care from a dental TMJ expert, who has experience and training in this field.
This includes the history of the onset of the problem, how it has progressed, what medical evaluations and treatments have already been performed and their results. It is very important to discuss your TMD TMJ symptoms, for they provide invaluable clues to the nature of your problem.
TMJ TMDs manifest as a variety of symptoms, including headaches, ear pain, pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and disruption of normal mandibular function. Symptoms commonly associated with TMJ TMD relate to the dental and oral structures, the jaw, TMJ and masticatory (chewing) muscles, or may appear to relate to nearby head and neck structures.
Because of the complex anatomic, physiological and neurological interrelationships in the head and neck, the symptoms of TMJ TMD s can coexist or mimic symptoms of other diseases. It is important for patients to be evaluated by the appropriate doctor(s) to rule out the presence of other primary diseases. TMJ TMD patients frequently experience a combination of symptoms, some of which are listed below.
Headaches, facial, dental pain; Pain in the jaw joints or on jaw movement; Ear pain, tinnitus, ear pressure; Neck, back, shoulder and chest pain.
Jaw movement: limited, deviated, slow or irregular; Head movement: limited range of motion; Ears: muffling, dizziness, clicking; Throat: difficulty swallowing, prolonged speech; Jaw Joint: joint sounds, locked or dislocated jaw, facial asymmetry.
Traumatic occlusion, clenching, grinding (bruxism); Wear (abrasion), chipping on natural, restored or denture teeth; Looseness of teeth: bone loss without gum inflammation; Movement of teeth: spreading, crowding, loss of teeth & bite changes. Patients with TMJ TMD frequently describe the symptoms listed above even though the TMJ TMD may not be the actual cause of some of the symptoms. Each person suffering from TMJ TMD may experience a different constellation of symptoms, which can change over time.