Symptoms of TMJ

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is when an imbalance in your jaw begins to have an adverse effect on other parts of your body, including your face, neck, back, and elsewhere. TMJ is sometimes called TMJD, TMD, TMDS, or other names. In fact, it has almost a dozen names because its symptoms are often so far ranging and diverse that it’s hard to know what is the best primary characteristic to describe it.

Know the Symptoms

TMD patients often report some combination of any of the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth pain that may appear to migrate to different spots in the mouth, seemingly at random
  • Tooth wear, especially if it is uneven or without obvious cause
  • Pressure or pain behind or below the eye
  • Tension or pain in the face
  • Ringing, pressure, and/or stuffiness in the ears
  • Tension or pain in the neck
  • Back pain
  • Headaches, which may feel as severe as migraines
  • Tingling, numbness and/or lack of sensation in the arms or fingers
  • Bad posture
  • A clicking or popping sound when your jaws open and close
  • Locked jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which also is known as bruxism
  • Enhanced sensitivity in teeth
  • Teeth that become loose, shift, are chipped, or cracked
  • Speech problems
  • Ear pain without the presence of an infection
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Digestive problems

As you can see, these symptoms are all over the body, and many of them can be attributed to other conditions. As a result, many TMJ sufferers go to their doctor complaining of symptoms and get many different diagnoses and treatments, none of which work until the true cause, TMJ, is identified and treated.

If you suffer from any of these types of symptoms and have been unable to get relief with the treatments you have been trying, please contact Miami Designer Smiles to be evaluated for TMJ disorder by one of our Miami neuromuscular dentists, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia.

How do I know if I have TMD? 

TMJ disorder can affect people of any age. However, it is more common among women than men and develops most often among individuals who are between the ages of 20 and 40.

If you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, then you should seek the care of a Miami neuromuscular dentist, who has specialized training focused on the alignment of the bite and jaw. An expert neuromuscular dentist can diagnose a case of TMJ disorder even if the symptoms are occurring all over the body. Click here to learn more about the importance of neuromuscular dentistry and how it can help your case of TMD.

TMD Treatment in Miami

Have any questions about TMD? Click here for the answers to some frequently asked questions by our own patients. To schedule a consultation with one of the neuromuscular dentists at Miami Designer Smiles, call our office today at (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to provide comprehensive oral care to patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables in Florida.