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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

2. Most Common Symptoms

The most common symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder is pain in the head, neck, and of course, jaw. A person who suffers from this disorder will experience pain and tenderness on their joint and jaw, as well as around their ears. WebMD points out that this pain can be temporary or last years, it all depends on the person and the extent of their disorder. It can also affect just one side or both sides. It could make it hard to chew food, or in some cases, cause lock jaw which makes it difficult to even open or close the jaw. Other symptoms include swelling in the face, a “tired feeling” in the face, or a sudden dislocation in the bite where the upper and lower teeth no longer line up and fit together properly making it uncomfortable to close the mouth. “You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus),” writes WebMD.

The Mayo Clinic also points out that TMJ disorders can also cause “a clicking sound or grating sensation” when a person opens and closes their jaw. If you’re one of those people who has a clicking sound when they chew, don’t fret, lots of people have that who don’t have a TMJ disorder.

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