TMJ/TMD Symptoms: Facial Pain When a patient’s bite is not properly aligned, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunctions and a number of related symptoms can arise. One of these symptoms is facial pain. The jaw area of the face is a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves. When the jaw becomes unaligned, the surrounding bones, muscles, and nerves are also affected. This includes the muscles of the face, which experience strain or spasm because the muscles are working extra hard to compensate for the unstable bite. Dr. Widen can help facial pain problems by working with the source of the problem, the bite. He will stabilize and realign your bite so that the teeth, muscles, and joints all work together without strain.