TMJ Disorders Cause Grinding, Jaw Stiffness, and Other Symptoms
Clenching & Grinding
Teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw are hallmark symptoms of TMJ disorders. These symptoms often worsen during stressful periods and occur mostly during sleep.
Patients may have trouble opening their mouths. They may experience limited movement or a locking sensation when partly opening their jaws.
Facial Pain & Headaches
TMJ disorders can cause symptoms ranging from tenderness in the jaw and chin to pain in the neck and shoulders. Patients often experience headaches as well.
Healthy jaw joints make sound from time to time, but TMJ disorders can cause an increase in the frequency or volume of pops and clicks. A grinding feeling often accompanies these noises.