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ental Wellness: Frequently Asked Questions #24
I've heard a lot about TMJ - What is it and how do I know if I have it?

© Jacob Trager DDS

TMJ is an imbalance or disharmony in the functioning of the bilateral jaw joints. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience.

a. Difficulty in opening or closing the mouth

b. Difficulty chewing or swallowing

c. Head and neck pain or discomfort

d. Ear symptoms like dizziness, ringing or pain

e. Eye symptoms like pain, twitching or altered vision

f. Referred pain and discomfort to other body areas, especially shoulders, arms, back and legs

g. Jaw sounds like clicking, grinding or grating (which is usually heard in long standing or chronic problems like TMJ arthritis)

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