Whatever the reason, the TMD manifestations can be very irritating. The pain can be short-term, or it can last and keep going for quite a long time, being able to influence either one or the two joints. Symptoms can be as painful as swelling and acute pain in the face, head, neck and joint area, but there are also slightier signs such as jaw clicking.

Signs can go from gentle distress to weakening pain, including restrictions of jaw function.

Common symptoms

Jaw clicking or popping – Sound produced when the mouth is opened/closed and when it’s chewing gum or food, this may also be painful.

Jaw stiffness – This can make it hard to do simple everyday exercises, such as chewing food or opening your mouth to talk.

Jaw pain Pain in the jaw or ear while chewing is common. It can also be experienced while yawning or talking.

Facial pain Sometimes the pain associated with TMJ disorder doesn’t just stay in that specific joint. It can cause discomfort elsewhere around the jaw, your face, and even your ears.

Popping sounds in ears It’s possible to feel or hear clicking or popping close to the ear, especifically when you chew or open your mouth.

Headache It tends to be difficult to recognize general headaches and TMJ headaches, but if this symptom is matching with other signs, it can be relevant.


Less common symptoms may include dizziness, neck, back, arm or eye pain.