Posted on 11/20/2019 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
While headaches, dizziness, ear pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain are among the commonly experienced symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, it is possible that the condition may manifest with other, less common symptoms.
What are Some Unusual Symptoms of TMJ that I Should Know?
If you experience a throbbing pain in the tooth even when it is cavity-free and the jaw is at rest, then this could be a sign of a TMJ disorder. A misalignment of the bite when you chew is another sign to be aware of.
Nerve pain and neurological symptoms can arise from tilting the head to release the tension that arises from head, neck, and face pain and fatigued muscles of these parts. Sustained misalignment of the head and neck for pain relief can pinch nerves leading to pain, tingling sensations, and numbness. This can progress to involuntary twitching of muscles and even difficulties in thinking.
If you're experiencing a ringing of the ears and cannot figure out the cause for such episodes of tinnitus, then it's possible that a TMJ disorder is the reason for it. Doctors feel that TMJ disorders can lead to tinnitus because the muscles used for chewing are close to the muscles of the middle ear. Also, since the inner ear also controls our sense of balance, an issue with the jaw joint can easily spill over to the organ of hearing, and also causes dizziness.
A misaligned bite arising from a TMJ disorder is often accompanied by a lisp in speech. If you've noticed that you've begun lisping or experiencing difficulties in articulating certain words, then it could be because of issues with the temporomandibular joint.
If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, then you must get yourself checked to diagnose the correct cause. We have the expertise and the equipment to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and guide you to the right course of treatment for quick and lasting relief.