Symptoms of Orofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders
Symptoms are the physical or mental features you experience as a result of a condition or disease.
Many symptoms can be involved in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. The most common are:
- Headaches (located anywhere).
- Pain in the temple area.
- Pain in and around the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) area.
- Back pain, shoulder pain, or stiffness in the neck.
- Limited movement and opening of the jaw.
- Earaches and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- Clicking, popping or a “gravelly” sound (crepitus) in the temporomandibular joints.
- Dizziness (vertigo).
What is orofacial pain?
Orofacial pain is a general term that refers to any pain felt in the mouth, jaw or face. Orofacial Pain is generally a symptom of some underlying cause. A common cause of orofacial pain is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Other causes include diseases of the teeth, gums, muscles, nerves, or connective tissue.
It is important to understand that many other reasons exist for pain in the head and neck area outside of TMJ problems. The site of the pain is not always the source of the pain. Pain originating from nerves, muscles, blood vessels, glands, skin, or teeth can all refer pain to the face. Causes of pain may be infection, tissue trauma, nerve disease, musculoskeletal problems, psychophysiologic effects, autoimmune phenomena, or even cancer.
Sometimes these conditions go undetected due to inadequate examination or diagnostics. Our goal is to help you get to the root of your pain, particularly when multiple overlapping conditions confound the condition.