TMJ disorders have many signs and symptoms. Some of the most common ones include the following:
-- Pain in or around the ear. This pain often spreads to the face.
--Tenderness of the jaw muscles.
--Clicking or popping noise when one opens or closes the mouth.
--Difficulty in opening one's mouth
--Jaws that "get stuck", "lock", or "go out".
--Pain brought on by yawning, chewing, or opening the mouth widely.
--Certain types of headaches or neckaches.
Dr. Johnson can determine the cause of your symptoms by conducting a series of diagnostic tests. These may include a complete medical history, a clinical examination, X-rays, and casts (models) of your teeth. Sometimes Dr. Johnson may refer you to a physician. This procedure may seem time-consuming, but proper diagnosis is an important step before treatment. It can save time and money by ensuring that you receive the treatment appropriate for your particular problem.