H. Michael Long, D.D.S.

Many TMJ sufferers don’t associate their discomfort and pain with TMJ disorder because of the broad spectrum of symptoms associated with it. This is why it is called the “great imposter.”


• Grating, clicking, cracking or popping sound in either jaw

joint when chewing

• Ear stuffiness, pressure or blockage

• Ears that ring, roar, hiss or buzz

• Dizziness or feeling faint

• Painful or locked jaw upon awaking

• Nausea for no apparent reason

• Easily fatigued

• Teeth imprints on the side of your tongue

• When swallowing, tongue goes between your front teeth

• Pain or soreness in jaw joints, upper or lower jaw or teeth, side of neck, back of head, forehead, behind eyes, temples, tongue or chewing muscles

• Difficulty moving your jaw from side to side or forward and backward

• Missing back teeth

• Difficulty in chewing your food

• Teeth are clenched during the day

• Grinding teeth at night

• Headache upon awakening

• Ever had a whiplash injury?

• Ever worn a cervical collar or had neck traction?

• Ever experienced a blow to the chin, face or head?

• Drugs no longer relieve symptoms

• Does chewing gum start your symptoms?

If you are having problems with any of these symptoms and haven’t had an evaluation with a professional adept at TMJ treatment, don’t put off calling for an appointment, It isn’t a disorder to “ignore and it will go away.”