Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Symptoms of TMJ may include the following:

  • Difficulty or discomfort while biting or chewing
  • Headache (e.g., migraine)
  • Inability to open or close the mouth completely
  • Pain or tenderness around the jaw, in or around the ear, or elsewhere on the face
  • Popping or clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Uneven bite

Anyone who experiences TMJ symptoms should speak with a doctor or dentist to determine the cause for the disorder and develop a treatment plan to help prevent complications. If left untreated, temporomandibular joint disorders can cause complications, such as chronic pain (e.g., facial pain, migraine headaches).

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 18 Aug 2009

Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015