How Do I Know If My Jaw Pain Is TMD? Recognizing The Top 6 Signs And Symptoms

Jaw pain is a common sign of TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). This is a condition where the temporomandibular joints that connect your jaw to your skull are inflamed, damaged, or otherwise are not functioning properly.

But jaw pain can also be caused by some other things like infected teeth, arthritis, migraines, and even teeth grinding. So how do you know if your jaw pain is TMD? The best way is to see a dentist like Dr. Kim at Candelas Dentistry. Only a TMD dentist in Arvada can determine if you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder.

However, there are a few common signs and symptoms that, along with jaw pain, could indicate that you have TMD. Read on and learn everything that you need to know, and come to our office if you think you may be suffering from TMD. 

1. Pain in Your Neck Or Shoulders 

Your whole body is connected. And if you’re experiencing jaw pain and tenderness along with pain in your neck and shoulders, this could indicate that you have TMD. The tension and pain in your jaw can easily spread to the rest of your upper body.

2. Headaches And Earaches

If you are experiencing serious headaches or earaches, this could be due to TMD. The temporomandibular joint is located very close to the ears, so TMD can cause pain in the ears, temples, and head.

3. Clicking, Popping, Or Grating Sounds When Opening Or Closing Your Mouth

Normally, you should not hear anything strange when you open your mouth, or when you close your mouth. If you hear clicking, popping, or grating sounds, this indicates that something’s wrong with your jaw. Your temporomandibular joint may no longer be operating smoothly due to TMD.

4. Jaw Stiffness And Soreness, Or A Tired Jaw

If your jaw feels stiff and sore, or your jaw constantly feels tired, this could be a sign of TMD. If your jaw joints are not working properly, this can cause a lot of stress and strain on your jaw muscles.

5. Difficulty Chewing And Opening Your Mouth Widely

If you’re having problems chewing normally or you can’t open your mouth widely, this is usually an indicator of a joint problem. The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw and your skull together, and if it’s not working properly, you may have issues with your oral range of motion.

6. Jaws That “Lock” In An Open Or Closed Position

This is rare, and usually only happens in very severe cases of TMD. Your jaws may “lock” into an open or closed position, and it may be difficult or impossible to close or open your mouth. This may last for just a few seconds, or for several minutes.

Worried That You Have TMD? Get Help In Arvada Today!

Dr. Kim is an expert in TMD treatment in Arvada. She can diagnose TMD, identify its root causes, and help you get the right treatment to relieve your jaw pain, such as Botox. With her help, you can relieve your pain and get back to your day-to-day routine. If you suspect you have TMD, take the first steps toward relief today. Give us a call at (720) 779-088 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim.

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