is the most common symptom. TMJ pain is often described as a dull
aching pain in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear, which
comes and goes. Some people, however, report no pain, but still have
problems using their jaws. Other symptoms can include:
- Being unable to open the mouth comfortably
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint
- Locking of the jaw when attempting to open the mouth
- A bite that feels uncomfortable or “off”
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Swelling on the side of the face
Additional symptoms may include: ringing in the ears, ear pain, decreased hearing, dizziness and vision problems.
Keep in mind that occasional discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing
muscles is common, and is not always a cause for concern. Many people
with certain TMJ problems get better without treatment. Often the
problem goes away on its own in several weeks to months. However, if
the pain is severe and lasts more than a few weeks, see your dentist.