Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself to help determine if you have any symptoms.
Do you get an unusual amount of headaches?
Do you have a grating, clicking or popping sound in either or both jaw joints, when you chew or open and close your mouth?
Do you have pain or soreness in any of the following areas: jaw joints, upper jaw, lower jaw, side of neck, back of head, forehead, behind the eyes or temples?
Do you have sensations of stuffiness, pressure or blockage in your ears? Is there excessive wax buildup?
Do you ever have ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing sounds in your ears?
Do you ever feel dizzy or faint?
Do your fingers, hands or arms sometimes tingle or go numb?
Are you tired all the time, fatigue easily or consider yourself
Are there imprints of your teeth on the sides of your tongue?
Does your tongue go between your teeth when you swallow?
Do you have difficulty in chewing your food?
Do you have any missing back teeth?
Do you clench your teeth during the day or at night?
Do you grind your teeth at night? (Ask your family.)
Do you ever awaken with a headache?
Have you ever had a whiplash injury?
Have you ever experienced a blow to the chin, face or head?
Have you reached the point where drugs no longer relieve your symptoms?
Does chewing gum worsen your symptoms?
Is it painful to stick your "pinky" fingers into your ears with your mouth open wide and then close your mouth while pressing forward with your "pinky" fingers?
Does your jaw slide to the left or right when you open wide?
(Look in a mirror.)
Are you unable to insert your first three fingers vertically into your mouth when it is open wide?
Is your face crooked and not symmetrical?
If you answered yes to some of these systoms, you may have a TMJ disorder (TMD) Consult your dentist for an examination.
Here are some ways you can visually check your TM joint:
Put your fingers inside your ears. Open and close several times. If the jaw clicks or cracks, or if you feel a grinding sensation.
While looking in a mirror, open very slowly, notice whether or not your jaw swings to one side while opening and closing. Is there any pain present?
Slide your jaw from side to side, make note of any pain you may experience.
Check for muscle sensitivity:
Also apply pressure to the cheek area
If you notice discomfort or pain have your jaw joint checked by a dentist who treats patients with jaw joint disorders!