TMJ Disorders


Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD/TMJ) can be difficult to diagnose and treat because the problem often crosses over into several different specialties in medicine and dentistry. People who suffer from this disorder have typically visited many websites and may have seen many different health care professionals -- all of whom may have a piece of the puzzle.

The TM joints are located in front of the ears and allow the jaw to open and close, move side to side, forward and backward. Unlike other joints of the body, these joints move in unison. When one or both aren't functioning properly, it is referred to as "dysfunction" or displacement of the thin cartilage (disc).

Here is a list of symptoms to determine if you have a TMJ disorder:

  • Headaches
  • Facial Pain
  • Teeth that do not meet properly
  • Limited opening of the jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Jaw clicking or pain
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Jaw goes to one side when opening
  • Ringing or stuffiness in the ears
  • Neck pain
  • Pain or pressure behind eyes
  • Tingling or numbness in arms
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Teeth sensitive to cold






Yes, it is hard to believe that symptoms include eyes, mouth, throat, ears, jaw and neck are associated with TMJ disorder. It is imperative that you be screened by a dentist trained and experienced in these disorders. Treatment is usually indicated when you suffer with any of the above listed symptoms.