TMJ Symptoms

Woman with TMJ PainKnow the Warning Signs!

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the connecting joint between the jawbone and skull. When muscles, jawbone, and teeth all operate properly, biting and chewing is coordinated to be smooth and pain-free.

Sometimes, however, things can get “out of whack.”

When teeth don’t line up properly in the upper or lower jaws, the extra muscular stress causes muscle and jaw pain. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain in the face, head, neck, and teeth, plus earaches and spasms of the facial muscles.

Contact us to schedule a consultation on TMJ disorder. Treatments may include dental appliances, night guards, or restorative procedures to reverse the effects of grinding and malocclusion. Contact us today.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder Include:

  • Popping or clicking of jaw joint when opening your mouth
  • Chronic headaches
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Ringing or popping sound in your ears
  • Sore jaw or unexplained pain in your head or neck
  • Trouble turning your head from side to side

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.