TMJ Symptoms: What Does TMJ Disorder Feel Like?

male patient holding his jaw in pain

Have you experienced unexplainable headaches and facial soreness?

You may be experiencing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and not even know it.

TMJ connects your jaw to your skull, and it allows you to eat, speak, and smile.

Keep reading to see how TMJ symptoms negatively impact your life and how TMJ treatment in Palm Beach Gardens, FL can alleviate the pain.

TMJ symptoms: What should I look for?

It’s estimated that between 10 to 35 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder.

TMJ disorder includes one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Stiff jaw, neck, or shoulders
  • Chronic headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

If it’s left untreated, it can lead to:

  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Migraines
  • Tooth loss
  • Digestive issues
  • Heart problems

It’s not always easy to diagnose; it may take a combination of medical and oral exams.


Accurate diagnosis and treatment can relieve your symptoms and prevent discrepancies in your day-to-day routine.

What causes TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder (TMD) results when the jaw isn’t in its optimal position.

This can be caused by:

  • Oral trauma
  • Facial muscle fatigue
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Jaw clenching
  • Bone cartilage damage around the TMJ
  • Arthritis
  • Poor dental work
  • Genetics

When your TMJ is inflamed or misaligned, it results in severe pain, leading to complicated health conditions.

Can TMJ disorder go away on its own?

Minor TMJ disorder pain might go away without treatment if the jaw muscles begin to rest properly.


Symptoms may flare up again, possibly worse than before if the root cause of your TMJ is not correctly addressed.

What causes the TMJ to flare up?

Stress is one of the most significant factors of TMJ flare-ups.

It affects our mental health and physical health.

Stress leads to jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and hormonal changes, which can cause TMJ symptoms to reappear.

Other factors include frequent chewing of hard or sticky foods that overwork and irritate your jaw muscles.

What type of dentist should I search for to relieve TMJ symptoms?

A neuromuscular dentist will eliminate your persistent TMJ pain.

This type of dentistry requires advanced specialty training and revolves around placing your jaw into its optimal position to alleviate pain.

They work with hard and soft tissue, muscles, and facial nerves to realign your jaw.

Looking for TMJ relief in Palm Beach Gardens?

If you’re experiencing any of the TMJ symptoms mentioned above, talk to Dr. Andrew Rudnick about fixing the root problems of your TMJ disorder.

With years of specialty training and experience, he’s helped countless patients in Palm Beach County.

He uses various examinations to diagnose you correctly and creates a personalized treatment plan to eliminate TMJ from your life including:

  • X-rays
  • Head and neck evaluation
  • CT scans
  • Oral exams
  • TENS units
  • Myotronics K7
  • Sonography
  • Electromyography

Many patients who suffered from TMJ described their pain as unbearable, affecting their daily lives. In as little as a week with Dr. Rudnick’s treatment, they’ve felt immense relief.

Take Terra, for instance.

Her TMJ pain caused tears and disruption from her daily life – but in a little over a week, her pain was almost gone. Check out her story below.

Click here to watch more real patients share their TMJ success stories.

Dr. Rudnick is the neuromuscular dentistry expert who will provide you permanent relief. Schedule your consultation with our friendly dental team today.

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Our office treats TMJ patients from all over the state, including West Palm Beach, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, and Wellington.