The TMJ symptom that aggravates patients the most is TMJ headache. The headache is located on the sides of the face just over the temples. It originates from the anterior temporalis muscle which is one of the muscles that assists with chewing. Most of the jaw muscles will also be found to be sore. Since the closing muscles of the jaw are in spasm and shortened, there is limited opening of the mouth. If only one TMJ is involved, there will generally be deviation with opening to the affected side.
Jaw clicking or popping is often a TMJ symptom. In more severe cases, grinding noises in the jaw joints can be heard from bone rubbing against bone. If the TMJ disc become badly damaged, jaw locking either open or closed can occur. Most TMJ patients also experience tooth grinding that causes tooth sensitivity.
Another TMJ symptom is insomnia. With all the other accompanying problems, it's no wonder that the patient can sleep at all. Since the ear is immediately next to the TM joint, some patients have tinnitus, TMJ dizziness and vertigo. The vertigo actually originates from one of the neck muscles, the sternocleidomastoid.
A TMJ symptom that physicians often see is false migraines. These headaches look like migraines and act migraines but are not migraines. Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients eliminate their TMJ Syndrome. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients. He offers both initial ( Phase 1 ) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it ( Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.