TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your
complex jaw joint. TMJ pain disorders usually occur because of unbalanced activity,
spasm, or overuse of the jaw muscles. The following are common symptoms.
1. Headache: which is often made worse while opening and closing the jaw.
Exposure to cold weather or air-conditioned air may increase muscle contraction
and facial pain.
2. Ear pain: Ear pain and do not have signs of ear infection. The ear pain
is usually described as being in front of or below the ear.
3. Sounds: Grinding, crunching, or popping sounds, medically termed crepitus,
are common for patients with a TMJ disorder. These sounds may or may not be accompanied
by pain. 4. Ringing in the ear (tinnitus): For unknown reasons, 33% of patients
with a TMJ disorder experience noise or ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Of those
patients, half will have resolution of their tinnitus after successful
treatment of their TMJ disorder.
These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles (muscles
of mastication) do not work together correctly. It is important to note that joint
noise is not always indicative of a TMJ disorder and quite frequently requires no
treatment at all.