Pain the jaw is often attributed to stress, but is often a sign of a more serious and chronic neuromuscular dentistry problem. TMJ can cause intense jaw pain that can last for quite a long time. The pain might come and go over long periods of time, or might be constant. Some people may experience pain after certain activities, such as first thing in the morning, after eating, or at the end of the day. Jaw pain can lead to tension headaches, facial pain, ear pain, or pain in the eyes, and thus should be treated right away, before the pain and tension has a chance to spread.
Limited jaw movement
With TMJ, the jaw is not aligned properly, and thus movement within the jaw can become limited. Eating, talking, drinking, breathing, and kissing can all become difficult or painful with limited jaw movement, and it can lead to other problems, such as headaches, migraines, tension headaches, eye pain, or jaw pain.
Clicking and popping of the jaw
Clicking and popping of the jaw is the number one sign of TMJ. The clicking and popping are due to misalignment of the jaw, as the jaw does not properly fit into its hinge. At best, the clicking and popping can be annoying, but at worst, the clicking and popping can be the first sign of worse things to come, such as facial pain, jaw pain, eye pain, headaches, vertigo, or migraines. TMJ is common, but treatable with the solutions we provide at Neuromuscular Dentistry.