The Five Main Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

by | Nov 19, 2021 | General Dentistry, TMD Specialis, TMJ Specialist

TMJ Disorder is a condition that is generally seen in patients between the age of 18 and 45. Many patients have gone to ENTs, acupuncturists, chiropractors, various doctors, and even emergency rooms to relieve them of pain, often times, to no avail. Dr. Sid Solomon, DDS is a leading Los Angeles expert in neuromuscular dentistry who has all encompassing knowledge of the head, including the many joints. Although there are many symptoms that are often seen in patients living with the everyday pain and struggle that is TMD, the following are the most prominent in TMJ Disorder cases:

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth: The most common TMJ Disorder symptom is the grinding and clenching of teeth. Because it is usually an unconscious movement, patients do not always recognize the fact that they are grinding and clenching, and therefore, cannot prevent it. The grinding and clenching of teeth is very detrimental to the teeth, as well as the facial muscles and joints, often times causing excessive pain and pressure.
  • Severe and continuous headaches: TMD induced headaches are often long lasting, causing interference in daily routine and even sleep. Because these headaches are a result of a much deeper cause, over the counter headache medication does not usually work as a source of relief, which can cause frustration and hopelessness.
  • Pain and Ringing in the Ears: Patients also often report ringing in their ears accompanied by pain prior to being treated for their TMJ Disorder. The ear pain involved can range from a dull, unpleasant pressure to an incredibly sharp, excruciating pain.  Ringing in the ears is often a very faint sound or hissing that patients hear in their ears continuously.  This condition is very hard to live with and often misdiagnosed as an ear issue.  Once the TMJ joint is stabilized, ringing in the ears can be gone for good!
  • Locking, Clicking or Popping of the Jaw:  Another symptom that is very common with the diagnosis of TMJ Disorder is the locking of the jaw or clicking/popping noise when opening the jaw, whether while eating, drinking, or speaking.
  • Facial Pain: Because of how closely intertwined every ligament, joint, muscle, and bone in the face and head are, often times patients have a chief complaint of pain, soreness, and tenderness throughout the entire face, including the forehead, cheeks, jaw, and chin. Because of the longevity of this pain, which can range from uncomfortable to unbearable, it is very similar to the related headaches in the fact that over the counter medication is a short term fix, as well as often ineffective entirely in combating the pain.

If you are experiencing any or all of the above symptoms, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sid Solomon today. During this hour long consultation, Dr. Solomon, DDS will provide the patient with his undivided attention and time, which he uses to perform a physical examination of the head and mouth and to go over all symptoms and health history, therefore getting a genuine understanding of the diagnosis. Once Dr. Solomon has the diagnosis, he then discusses his findings in detail with the patient and goes over all viable treatment options.  


If you’re ready to get to the root cause of your symptoms and move forward pain free, call 310-475-5598 today to schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Sid Solomon DDS at one of our three convenient locations.

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