Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) can lead to a variety of symptoms that can significantly impact daily life. Los Angeles-based Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc., a recognized expert in TMD and oral pain management, provides a comprehensive guide to understanding the signs and symptoms of TMDs.
TMDs encapsulate a vast range of issues stemming from various factors such as jaw injuries, genetic predispositions, arthritis, or even habitual teeth clenching or grinding. These disorders primarily affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), leading to several uncomfortable symptoms.
TMD Signs and Symptoms
Recognizing TMD symptoms is vital for timely diagnosis and treatment. These signs might include:
- Persistent or intermittent pain in the jaw joint
- Difficulty or discomfort during jaw movement, like opening or closing the mouth or chewing
- Clicking, popping, or grating noises in the jaw joint
- Persistent facial pain, headaches or migraines
- Ear-related symptoms such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), ear pain, or a sensation of fullness or pressure
- In severe instances, the jaw may lock in an open or closed position