Headaches and TMJ

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Many people who have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) experience headaches along with the intense pain in their jaws. These headaches are often severe and can be confused with migraines especially because they are more common in women than in men and the pain is located on either side of the head next to the temples.

With years of practical experience diagnosing and treating TMJ, Dr. Terry Bass can help you reach your goal of being headache-free. Please call our Oklahoma City office at 405-622-8996 to schedule an evaluation of your TMD symptoms today.

Some Possible Causes of TMJ

The Temporomandibular Joint is located on either side of your head below the temples. It connects the mandible (lower jaw) with the temporal bone of the skull. When your teeth don’t align properly this powerful ball and socket joint experiences more pressure than it should over time and can cause any number of symptoms including severe headaches.

  • Trauma to the jaw, like a severe blow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Grinding teeth in sleep
  • Habitual nervous teeth clenching
  • Any inflammation around the Temporomandibular Joint
  • Any type of degeneration
  • A combination of any of these factors

In some cases the cause or causes of TMJ may not be immediately clear. However, you can rest assured that a dentist with experience and training in diagnosing TMJ disorders can find the right treatment or combination of treatments to help alleviate your symptoms.

Headaches and TMJ

If you suffer from what you think are migraine headaches, chances are that this is actually a tension headache, which is a common symptom of TMJ. Many doctors simply don’t have the training or experience to correctly diagnose TMJ when you visit them to help with migraine headaches. A vast majority of the time these headaches are caused by TMJ and it is in your best interests to find a qualified dentist to get to the root of the problem and make it go away for good. It is generally much better to treat the actual joint then to simply medicate the symptom, or headache. 

If you experience severe headaches, including migraine headaches, and you live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or surrounding areas, please contact the office of neuromuscular dentist Dr. Terry Bass to see if TMD is causing your pain. Call us at 405-622-8996 or fill out a form online today.