What are the symptoms of TMJ syndrome?

Updated: Jun 02, 2020
  • Author: Vivian Tsai, MD, MPH, FACEP; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Symptoms of temporomandibular joint syndrome consist of the following:

  • Chronic pain in the muscles of mastication described as a dull ache, typically unilateral

  • Pain may radiate to the ear and jaw and is worsened with chewing

  • Locking of the jaw when attempting to open the mouth

  • Ear clicking or popping, usually when displacement of the articular disk is present

  • Headache and/or neck ache: In some cases, patients may complain of headache without localized pain in the temporomandibular joint

  • A bite that feels uncomfortable or different from usual

  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain

  • Bruxism, teeth clenching

  • Increasing pain over the course of the day

  • History of jaw and/or facial trauma

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