TMJ Symptoms

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Disorders of the joint in your jaw, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), are called temporomandibular disorders or TMD. Dr. Chung is a Northern Virginia TMJ specialist who is trained specifically to treat your TMD symptoms at the source by addressing the causes of TMD which may involve different muscles, nerves, and bone structures.

If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from TMD. Call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 to discuss treatment options during a free consultation with Dr. Chung.


This is one of the most common TMD symptoms. When you suffer from TMD, you put a lot of pressure on your teeth and jaw, which in turn causes headaches. These types of headaches are typically located in the temple area, the back of the head and may radiate down the back of the neck.

Jaw Clicking

Another common TMD symptom is jaw clicks. Generally, the clicks are only felt and heard by the person suffering from TMD, but the clicks may be loud enough for others to hear. Over time the clicks may progressively get worse, resulting in further symptoms.

Jaw Locking

Frequently associated with jaw clicking, jaw locking can occur when the TMJ becomes so misaligned that the hinge catches. Usually, you have to move your jaw laterally in order to unlock it.

Stiff TMJ

Overworked muscles ache and stiffen. With TMD, your muscles are often overworked, even while you are sleeping. If you grind your teeth at night, you may wake up with sore and stiff jaw muscles right around the TMJ.

Sensitive Teeth

This symptom is frequently associated with other causes of TMD like bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching). If your teeth are inexplicably and generally sensitive, it may be due to TMD.


Because of the proximity of the TMJ to the structures of the ear, pain may radiate there. Other ear symptoms like tinnitus, or ringing of the ears, may be associated with TMD.

Since many of these same symptoms can be caused by other maladies and disorders, it is important to obtain a correct TMD diagnosis and proper treatment. According to a study by Gelb and Gelb in 1989, approximately 73 percent of Americans suffer from headaches, but only a small fraction actually visits the dentist for resolution. The study suggests that greater results may be realized by visiting a neuromuscular dentist.

Relief from these TMD symptoms is just a phone call away. If you live in the Northern Virginia area and suffer from any of these symptoms, please contact Softouch Dental Care today by calling 703-319-6990 to schedule a free consultation. Don't put off relief any longer. We provide TMJ treatment to patients in Oakton, Fairfax, Vienna, Arlington, Tysons Corner, and Reston areas of Northern Virginia.