The most common symptoms related to TMJ are pain in front of the ears, clicking noises in the jaw hinge joints, headaches at the sides of the head and pain in the back of the neck. Quite often there is a feeling that the bite is off or there is pain while chewing. Sensitivity to bright lights, ear aches and inability to open the mouth normally are extremely common for people suffering from TMJ.
A complete dental examination with appropriate x-rays is conducted to help determine if a victim of head or neck trauma has sustained a TMJ injury. Sometimes an MRI study will also be needed to examine the soft structures that might be damaged in these injuries. A complete TMJ evaluation can put the victim’s mind at ease about the reason for the jaw and headache pain.
After the initial evaluation has been completed, a pain-free, non-surgical plan is developed for each patient. Here is what TMJ / TMD patients say about our Dr. Divito.