TMJ/TMD Headaches vs. Migraines

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

If you suffer from intense, chronic headaches that seem like migraines but have eluded specific diagnosis, you may actually be experiencing the most common symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
TMJ/TMD is a common and frequently misdiagnosed condition that shares symptoms with migraine headaches and other conditions such as arthritis and sinus ailments. TMJ/TMD emanates from the area where your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull.

Within this region is a concentration of muscles, bones, tendons and nerves, including the trigeminal nerve, which registers sensation in your face and is integral in biting, chewing and swallowing. If you have a bite condition, excessive pressure can be placed on this connective network and lead to irritation, inflammation, swelling and symptoms such as severe headaches.

In addition to migraine-like headaches, other TMJ/TMD symptoms include:

• Face, neck, shoulder and back pain
• Jaw tension and pain
• Jaw clicking, popping, locking or sticking
• Earaches or ringing ears
• Problems chewing or swallowing
• Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers

If not treated, the symptoms of TMJ/TMD can grow progressively worse and lead to premature wear on your teeth, continued stress on your jaw and periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are a number of TMJ/TMD treatment options available.

If you live in the Edmond or Oklahoma City areas and would like to learn more about TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment, please contact Oklahoma neuromuscular dentist Dr. Terry Bass to schedule your TMJ/TMD consultation.