Mouth and Jaw Injuries (TMD)
Injuries of the mouth or jaw can lead to a condition known as TMD or Temporomandibular Disorder.
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) may include the following:
- Soreness or discomfort in the jaw, typically during the day
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Ear-aches or ringing in the ears
- Pain behind the eyes, in the face, neck, shoulder or back
- Locking of the jaw
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Changes to how the upper and lower teeth sit together
- Limited mouth motions
- Sensitive teeth
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers
The symptoms of TMD can appear gradually and with no apparent specific cause. They can also occur after an obvious trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or a blow to the face. Even subtle repeated traumas, like clenching the teeth or excessive gum chewing, nail-biting or cradling a phone between your shoulders and the side of your head can cause TMD.