TMJ Disorder Symptoms and TMJ Noises

TMJ (Intra-Articular) Disorders Comparison

  • Normal TMJ– no noise

    – max opening > 48 mm

    – no pain

    – no jaw deflection or deviation

  • Disc Displacement with Reduction– jaw clicking or popping

    – opening can be limited

    – TMJ pain possible

    – Jaw going to one side then coming to middle

    – Other TMD Symptoms

  • Disc Displacement without Reduction– usually no jaw noises

    – opening can be limited

    – TMJ pain possible

    – Jaw going to one side and not returning to middle
    Jaw opens straight up and down but limited opening

    – Other TMD Symptoms

  • TMJ Degenerative Joint Disease– jaw grating noises

    – opening can be limited

    – TMJ pain possible

    – may or may not have jaw deviation or deflection

    – Other TMD Symptoms

Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorder (TMD) Symptoms

Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorder (TMD) Symptoms

  • Jaw Problems
    • Jaw Pain
    • clicking
    • popping
    • grating sound
  • Mouth Problems
    • Mouth Pain
    • lock jaw locks
    • trouble opening mouth
    • limited mouth opening
  • Teeth Problems
    • tooth pain / sensitivity
    • clenching / grinding
    • teeth fracturing
  • Head Pain / Headaches
    • temple / forehead headaches
    • “Tension” / “Migraine” headaches
    • sinus type headaches
    • shooting pain up the back of head
  • Eye Problems
    • eye pain
    • eye pressure
    • blurry vision
    • light sensitivity
    • dry / watery eyes
  • Ear Problems
    • ear pain / pressure
    • clogged / itchy ears
    • ringing / buzzing / tinnitus
    • sound sensitivy
    • dizzy spells
    • vertigo
  • Neck Problems
    • neck pain
    • stiff / sore neck
    • shoulder & back aches
    • arm & finger numbness / pain
  • Throat Problems
    • throat pain / fullness
    • swallowing difficulties
    • voice irregularities or changes
    • frequent coughing / clearing throat
    • feeling of foreign object in throat

Jaw Clicking and Jaw Popping: Why Does it Happen?

Jaw clicking or popping can occur due to, but not limited to:
1. Articular Disc Adhesions to the Glenoid Fossa
2. Disc Displacement with Reduction (anterior, medial, lateral or a combination)

Why Did My Jaw Stop Clicking When It Was Clicking Before?

Jaw clicking is usually related to the disc being displaced from its normal position and it goes into place when the mouth is opened, aka Disc Displacement with Reduction. However, when the teeth come together, the disc is dislocated again. This can be tested by placing your fingers over the TMJ area (located front of the ears) and listening of noises when opening and closing the mouth.

If the disc stops reducing (going back into place), the clicking noise can stop, aka Disc Displacement without Reduction. Also you may notice that you were able to open your mouth really wide (ie. eating a thick sandwich, hamburger, sub etc) or now you are not able to open as wide to eat (ie. you compress your food to get it into your mouth).

Why Does My Jaw Make A Grating Noise?

TMJ Grating noises (sounds like sandpaper rubbing together) can occur due to, but not limited to:

1. TMJ Degenerative Joint Disease

2. TMJ Disc Perforation



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