Symptoms of TMJ Indicating Dental Malpractice


TMJ dysfunction (TMD) is a complicated disorder because the temporo-mandibular joint is such a complex joint. It is unique in the human body, because it allows rotational motion around an axis, but it also allows sliding motion forward and back and also side-to-side. And for it to function correctly, the teeth need to be in harmony with it. They need to meet evenly in order to allow for smooth function of this joint.

Much TMJ/TMD is caused by faulty dentistry. For more information on faulty dentistry as a cause, please see our page about standards of care in TMJ therapy.

Here is a list of some of the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction/TMD:

  • Pain when you talk, chew, or yawn. This pain usually seems to come from the joint itself, which is immediately in front of the ear, but it may move elsewhere in the skull, face, or jaw.
  • Sounds coming from the TMJ, such as clicking, popping, or grinding noises. Clicking and popping are common when the disc is displaced. Noises by themselves may not mean that treatment is necessary, if there is no pain associated with the sounds.
  • Pain in the facial muscles and jaw joints, which may radiate to the neck or shoulders.
  • Muscle spasms. These spasms could cause pain, and in some instances may cause difficulty swallowing.
  • Pain in the ears, or ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and possibly hearing loss. As we mentioned above, the TMJ is immediately in front of the ear, so sometimes people may mistake TMJ pain for an ear problem, such as an ear infection.
  • Swelling in the face.
  • Deviation of the lower jaw to one side when you open.
  • Dislocation of the jaw, including becoming locked open, or not being able to fully open at all.
  • A tendency to favor one side when you chew.
  • An inability to find a comfortable place to close your teeth together.
  • If severe, headache and dizziness may be caused by TMJ problems, enough so that you may feel nauseous or vomit. These headaches and migraines will be recurrent, and physicians may even attribute them to other causes or they may say that the cause is a mystery.



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