Before we move ahead to the symptoms of TMJ, it’s important to differentiate between TMJ and TMD. TMJ is the name of the jaw joint itself — the temporomandibular joint. The dental term we use for problems with the TMJ is TMD (temporomandibular disorder). However, for this page we’ll keep it with TMJ as that’s the term people are most familiar with.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Unlike with a broken arm where you can clearly tell that your pain is coming from your arm, there are no set symptoms that we “always see” for TMJ problems. Many of the TMJ symptoms that people have are not only related to TMJ and can be caused by other factors or conditions. That being said, here are some of the common TMJ symptoms:
- problems opening your jaw (limited opening)
- problems closing your jaw (jaw hurts to close)
- problems moving your jaw left and right
- tightness in the sides of your jaw (in front of your ears)
- clicking or popping noises (#see our blog post about popping#)
Are the symptoms really TMJ/TMD?
In order to see if the above symptoms are truly coming from your jaw – rather than from a toothache or your sinus, for example, it’s important to have a professional evaluation to find out the cause or causes of your discomfort. Dr. Segulyev is an experienced TMJ provider in Los Angeles; contact us today to make an appointment for a TMJ evaluation.