Symptoms of TMJ

Much like every individual is unique; each person experiences TMJ symptoms and pain in a unique and different way. TMJ patients may have jaw pain, neck and shoulder problems, difficulty swallowing, tooth pain, eye problems, and even ear pain. If you are experiencing any of these painful TMJ  symptoms, please give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Farnad.


TMJ Symptoms


  • Limited jaw movement

  • Feeling that when you open your mouth, your jaw is uneven.

  • Have difficulty finding a comfortable position for your teeth, when your mouth is closed.

  • Muscle spasms around jaw joints.

  • Hear a clicking sound when you move your jaw.

  • Have severe headaches or forehead pain.

  • One sided headaches.

  • Cluster headaches

  • Feel that your hair or scalp is sensitive to touch.

  • Shooting pain at the back of your head.

  • Feeling like your ears are clogged or blocked.

  • Ear ache without any infection.

  • Dizziness, problems with your balance.

  • Difficulty hearing.

  • Hearing different sounds, such as, hissing, ringing, or buzzing.

  • Watery eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Eye pain, above and below the eye.

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Grinding your teeth at night (Bruxism).

  • Tooth pain

  • Sensitivity in your teeth

  • Clenching your jaw frequently.

  • Sore throat without an infection

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Tongue pain and/or uncontrollable tongue movement.

  • Shoulder ache

  • Upper and lower back pain

  • Stiffness throughout back and neck.


If you are experiencing one or multiple of these symptoms, there are a few things you can do on your own to decrease TMJ/jaw pain and discomfort. Try eating softer foods, like yogurt and oatmeal. Avoid gum, raw vegetables, and harder foods that increase inflammation of the joint.


If you are someone who grinds their teeth at night, try to take note of your grinding or clenching throughout the day. Take more time to relax and make sure you are getting enough sleep. Most of our patients find night guards beneficial for nighttime grinding, clenching, and reduce TMJ pain and discomfort.


Many patients feel that Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve is helpful for relieving pain. It is always better to talk to your doctor before taking any medications. Remember, everyone feels TMJ differently. Meeting, with Dr. Farnad will give you a more in-depth look at which TMJ treatment is right for you. We recommend seeking proper treatment before taking any medications.


A quick trick to relieving pain is applying ice and heat to the jaw joint or pain. Each patient reacts differently to hot and cold and we suggest trying them both out to see which you prefer. Simply, place ice or a warm towel around the jaw joint and relax. Do not leave ice on for more than 15 minutes at a time.


For many TMJ patients, these tips and tricks are temporary solutions. Since TMJ pain can manifest its symptoms in so many different ways, it is important to have a holistic approach to treating each patient.  Dr. Farnad has a comprehensive approach to treating TMJ jaw pain. From conservative care to surgical solutions, the doctor offers compassionate care and treatment. Our goal, and Dr. Farnad’s mission, is to ensure that our patients live a more healthful life. 



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