Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
|-||Pain or stiffness of your jaw|
|-||Difficulty or discomfort while chewing|
|-||Radiating pain involving the head, face or neck|
|-||Painful Jaw Clicking|
|-||Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth|
|-||An uncomfortable and uneven bite, because one or more teeth are making premature contact|
Patients may present with multiple signs or symptoms, however it is not uncommon for patients to present with a single sign or symptom. A common example is the patient who presents with an earache (caused by referred pain from the TMJ). Typically the patient will attend their medical doctor first. They may even complete a course of antibiotics but generally this have no significant effect on the TMJ. It is therefore imperative to rule out the possibility of a TMJ disorder if a patient suffers from recurrent ear pain and the ENT exam is normal.