The most recognizable symptom of TMJ is jaw pain. However, other symptoms are common and present themselves in multiple ways. Another common symptom is a tension headache due to jaw tightness. Both of these symptoms stem from stress in your jaw and joints. Additionally, teeth grinding can increase lockjaw, headaches, and jaw pain.
In addition to these common factors, other symptoms include facial pain and worn teeth. A lot of people who experience TMJ grind their teeth or flex their jaw at night. In the end, this leads to extreme tension in your face and head. Because of this, many of our patients will report severe headaches in the morning that continue throughout the day. Additionally, they experience jaw pain, neck pain, and pain in the cheeks.
Oftentimes, patients don’t realize that they have worn down teeth because it happens over time. However, when our patients have TMJ, they often grind their teeth. When you grind your teeth, you are slowly wearing down your teeth, night after night. In other words, your bite becomes less durable. Also, grinding your teeth makes you more susceptible to cavities and dental decay.