Proper diagnosis of TMJ Disorders is considered to be extremely difficult because it has a wide
range of symptoms. By gathering some basic idea about some common symptoms involving
face, head, ear, and teeth, you can certainly help your TMJ Long Beach specialist to diagnose
the problem promptly and correctly. Mentioned below are some classical symptoms of TMJ that
are faced by most patients of TMJ Disorders.
TMJ Clicking refers to the snapping and popping of jaw joint and is the most common symptom
of a dysfunctional TMJ. Surprisingly, this clicking sound can be loud enough at times to be
heard by others. This popping or clicking sound may or may not be accompanied by pain in the
However, TMJ clicking certainly indicates the displacement of a disc. The clicking sound occurs
because the muscles responsible for the jaw movement are tense and this result in severe
neck, head, facial and muscle pain. Immediately contact a TMJ Long Beach practitioner in case
you experience anything like this.
TMJ locking is another common symptom of TMJ Disorders. Patients suffering from this
symptom find it difficult to open or move their jaws beyond a certain point. Persons with a locked
joint are often found to move their jaws towards one side in order to open it. Locked joints can
be unlocked by an expert TMJ Long Beach specialist by helping you open your jaws until a loud
pop is heard. Change in bite or the medical occlusion is another commonly observed sign of a
dislocated TMJ. The bite changes when the TMJ disc moves out of its normal place. As a result,
the discs and the bones do not fit properly, resulting in change, in bite.
Any TMJ related injury or Disorder can also be identified by several symptoms related to ear
because of TMJ’s intimate anatomical relationship with ears. Stuffiness, fullness, and ear pain
are the most frequently observed symptoms. More serious cases can even lead to hearing
impairment. Headaches in the back of the head and in the temples also indicate a problem with
the TMJ system.
This headache is caused due to muscle pain resulting from irregular muscle movement by the
grinding and clenching of teeth. This clenching and grinding also results in sensitive teeth.
Improper diagnosis and treatment of these problems like root canals or extractions can only
worsen the problem. It is important to have the problem examined by an experienced TMJ Long
Beach specialist if you face any of these problems. Proper diagnosis followed by treatment can
solve your TMJ related problems permanently.