Symptoms of TMD
Symptoms of TMD can be easy to notice, as they are typically characterized by loss of partial function or some pain in the TMJ. Some of the more common symptoms of TMD include:
Pains in the TMJ can signify a specific type of arthritis, and unfortunately there is no known cure yet. However, pain can be reduced through a holistic regiment of medication, physical therapy, diet and rest.
Clicks in the jaw
Your TMJ may make a clicking sensation if it shifts around as your joint moves. This can be a fairly loud sound, and you may be able to feel it physically if you place your ears at the base of your ear, on your cheek. Only about 33% of TMJ sufferers experience this symptom.
In many cases, TMJ pain is most noticeable early in the mornings or after a long sleep. It is sometimes accompanied by jaw stiffness or difficulty opening and closing the jaw. If you experience pain in the area surrounding your jaw muscles or near your temples, it may be a sign of TMD. Mouthguards can be effective solutions if the TMJ problems are caused by night grinding or clenching of the teeth.