Common Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ can cause many symptoms including:
- Neck and backaches
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Facial pain
- Broken or unevenly worn down teeth
- Ear ringing
- Collapse of facial structure
How is TMJ capable of causing all of these symptoms? Some of the symptoms are related to the functioning of the jaw itself. Jaw popping and clicking is caused by the displacement of the cushioning disc in the jaw, which moves in and out of position.
The imbalanced jaw can lead to uneven stress on the teeth, causing some of them to break or wear down. It can also lead to excessive force on your bones, causing grinding or resorption of bone—when your body removes bone either because it’s not being used or it’s being subjected to excessive force.
Pain associated with TMJ may be due to pinched nerves, grinding bone, or sore muscles. Pain is a common cause of insomnia among TMJ sufferers.
The jaw muscles partner with muscles in the head and neck. When the jaw muscles are stressed, they will pass that stress on to their partner muscles. Left untreated, TMJ can also lead to things such as postural problems as the slope of your jaw tugs on adjacent muscles in your back and neck, and brings your entire spine out of alignment.