Symptoms of TMD

Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction (TMD) Checklist

  • Do you have a grating, clicking or popping sound in either or both jaw joints when you chew or open or close your mouth?
  • Do you have sensations of stuffiness, pressure or blockage in your ears or excess wax?
  • Do you ever have a ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing sound in your ears?
  • Do you ever feel dizzy or faint?
  • Is your jaw painful or locked when you get up in the morning? Does it get stuck?
  • Are you ever nauseous for no apparent reason?
  • Do you fatigue easily or consider yourself chronically fatigued?
  • Are there imprints of your teeth on the sides of your tongue?
  • Is it difficult or impossible to swallow quickly five times in a row with the last swallow being as easy as the first swallow?
  • Does your tongue go between your teeth when you swallow?
  • Do you have pain or soreness in any of the following areas: jaw joints, upper jaw or teeth, lower jaw or teeth, side of neck, back of head, forehead, behind eyes, temples, tongue or chewing muscles?
  • Is it hard to move your jaw from side to side or forward and backward?
  • Do you have difficulty in chewing your food?
  • Do you gulp your food, swallowing it whole or almost whole?
  • Do you have any missing back teeth?
  • Have you had extensive dental crowns and bridgework that were painful afterwards?
  • Do you clench your teeth during the day?
  • Do you grind your teeth at night? (Ask your family)
  • Do you ever awaken with a headache?
  • Have you ever had a whiplash injury?
  • Have you ever worn a cervical collar or had neck traction?
  • Have you ever experienced a blow to the chin, face or head?
  • Have you reached the point where drugs no longer relieve your symptoms?
  • Does chewing gum start or worsen your symptoms?
  • Is it painful, or is there soreness when you press your jaw joints or the cheek just below them?
  • Is it painful to stick your "pinky" fingers into your ears with your mouth open wide and then close your mouth while pressing forward with your "pinky" fingers?
  • Does your jaw deviate to the left or right when you open wide? (Look in a mirror.)
  • Are you unable to insert your first three fingers vertically into your mouth when it is opened wide?
  • Is your face crooked and not symmetrical?

If you answered "Yes" to 12 or more of these questions, you have some form of TMJ problem. You can refer yourself to Patrick Grossmann by calling for an appointment: +44 (0)207 637 4969 or visit the contact page for further information.


Mr. Patrick Grossmann B.D.S. D. Orth. R.C.S. GDC No. 48080
Flat 2a Lister House, 11-12 Wimpole Street, London W1G 9ST.
Orthodontic Specialist & Treatment
of Temporomandibular dysfunctions.   Private practice only