TMJ: THE CONNECTION TO HEADACHES

TMJ: THE CONNECTION TO HEADACHES

Headaches can be a real pain, but there are some types that can be relieved with dental therapy. Estimates indicate that as many as 10 million Americans may suffer from headaches related to TMJ. Learn the common signs and symptoms of TMJ-related headaches to know if it’s time to visit the dentist for relief.

The temporomandibular joint (“TMJ”) is the place in your head where the jawbone meets the temporal bones of the skull. TMD, a common disorder involving the TMJ, occurs when problems with the muscles and bones of this area arise due to stress, impact, arthritis or alignment issues.

Common TMD symptoms include headaches associated with:

  • A cracking or popping sound when you move your jaw
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • Pain or difficulty opening or closing the mouth, or when chewing
  • Pain in or around the ear

Unlike TMD-related headaches, migraines and headaches from other causes may include sensitivity to light and sound, general fatigue, and nausea.

If you’re experiencing any of the TMD symptoms above or have questions about your TMJ, contact us today.

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