TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint) pain

TMJ refers to the joint that allows your jaw to move for things like chewing, yawning and talking. Often the term "TMJ" is used to describe what is actually "TMD", tempromandibular disorders which occur when there is a problem with the joint, the jaw or the surrounding facial muscles. Such problems may result from injury, arthritis, misuse of the joint (teeth grinding), stress (causing facial muscles to tighten or spasm).

Common Symptoms

  • swelling on one side of the face
  • pain or tenderness in the jaw area when talking, eating, etc
  • inability to fully open mouth
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • ear pain
  • ringing in the ear (tinnitis)
  • hearing problems
  • jaw getting stuck in an open or closed position
  • clicking or popping sounds in the joint when opening your mouth
  • fatigued facial muscles
  • difficulty chewing
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • toothache