Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a chronic pain generator that many people have to deal with. Some of the symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain in the temporomandibular joint on the sides of your face.
- Jaw pain and muscle tenderness.
- Clicking or popping sounds with jaw movement.
- The jaw is locking up.
- Changes in a person’s bite.
Many people are diagnosed during a thorough examination by their dentist. In many cases, using the results from the examination is enough medical evidence to diagnose TMJ and to begin treatments. In other cases, patients with the telltale symptoms of TMJ need to have specific and detailed imaging done of the TMJs to provide their doctor or dentist further information.