Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders: Signs & Symptoms

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Do you have TMJ? TMD, temporomandibular joint – you don’t care what it’s called, you just want relief!

The jaw (temporomandibular) joint itself is abbreviated “TMJ.” When it develops a complication, then we refer to it as “TMD” or “temporomandibular joint disorder.”

Your jaw joint is an integral part of your smile’s beauty and function. As such, TMJ pain is impossible to ignore. If you have a disorder of the joint, you need to know.

Here are some common signs and symptoms of TMD to watch out for as you plan a trip to see our Ventura dentist for a TMJ exam.

Difficulty Eating

Realizing you don’t chew your food the same way is often the first sign of jaw trouble. A chewy sandwich or crunchy salad shouldn’t tire you out. But if your lunch is causing jaw pain, that could be a sign of TMD.


Unexplained and frequent headaches are a sure sign something is wrong. That something could be your TMJ. Interestingly, TMD can sometimes present itself as migraine.


Does your ear hurt for no reason? Pain in your ears could actually be radiating from your jaw joint which is located right next to the auditory canals. You don’t have to be bothered by both ears – only one may hurt as a sign of TMD.

Strange Noises in Jaw

Clicking, popping and grinding are a few sounds commonly reported with TMD. If your jaw suddenly gets vocal, that can indicate inflammation, stress or misalignment in the joint.

Jaw Gets Stuck

Does your jaw ever feel “stuck?” Your joint has a wide range of motion and it should glide around seamlessly. If you’re unable to open or close your jaw on occasion, that can mean something is wrong with your TMJ.

Tenderness in Jaw

If the hinge joint in your TMJ hurts when you just touch your temples, it could be a symptom of TMD inflammation.

How to Alleviate TMJ Symptoms

You can find temporary relief for possible TMD by:

  • Avoiding foods that require a lot of chewing
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relief medication
  • Alternating hot and cold packs on your sore jaw

Of course, none of these methods can replace professional diagnosis and treatment.

Actual therapy for TMD may can involve anything from a mouthguard or splint to pain management or surgery.

You need to visit our Ventura dentist to find out whether you have a TMJ disorder and if so, how bad it may be. Only then can you figure out which treatments will get your relief.

Get a Professional Opinion

Need a TMJ dentist in the Ventura area?

In addition to understanding the mysterious symptoms of TMD, you also want to know how to correct it. A dentist with experience in treating jaw joints can explain possible causes of TMD and suggest solutions. This is your best chance at getting permanent pain relief.

You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer with the burden of worrying about your TMJ. Get a professional opinion to put your fears to rest. Contact Dr. David. M Satnick, DMD to schedule a consultation.


Are you ready to relieve your jaw pain? Schedule an appointment with Ventura’s top cosmetic dentist Dr. David Satnick, DDS, or for more information call 805-639-3050 now.

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