Are Your Headaches Caused by TMJ?

Are your headaches caused by TMJ? Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ syndrome is an inflammation of the temporomandibular joint which connects the mandible to the skull. The mandible contains the jawbone. This condition causes migraine-like pain, even though it is actually a dental condition. The interdisciplinary nature of the disease—a cross between dentistry and neurology—often makes it difficult to diagnose.

More women than men experience TMJ’s migraine-like symptoms. Most women who undergo such type of pain state that they experience it before their period when excessive emotional and physical stress prevails. These headaches pulsate at the temples—similar to migraines.

Pressure on the temporomandibular joint results in the stretching and lengthening of the muscles around the joint which eventually leads to headaches and migraines. Despite the fact that migraines and headaches can be symptomatic of a number of other conditions, TMJ patients often experience headaches and other symptoms.

Migraine headaches are but one of the many symptoms of TMJ syndrome. Jaw pain, joint lock-up, trouble chewing, facial pain, ear pain, and jaw clicking are other effects of TMJ. Sometimes, over-the-counter medication can relieve the symptoms of TMJ without seeing a doctor. Other times, behavioral changes may be instituted such as mouthpieces to prevent teeth grinding.

The migraines and headaches that may be caused by TMJ usually compel the individual to seek treatment for the pain. Digital diagnostic equipment and methodical evaluation are employed by specialists such as the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey to treat the condition and the subsequent pain. We at the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey specialize in neuromuscular disorders and utilize only the most modern treatment.

Call the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey at 855-TMJ-DOCS for a free consultation. We service patients in West Orange, Livingston, Millburn and Short Hills.