When it’s TMJ and when it’s just another headache

TMJ headacheIf you experience chronic tension headaches or migraines, getting to the root of your symptoms could provide relief in more ways than one. There can be many triggers for these headaches, including problems in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

Other common triggers for tension headaches, caused by muscle contraction, and migraines, which affect blood vessels and nerves, include:

  • fatigue;
  • medication and substance overuse;
  • poor posture;
  • not eating on time;
  • intense physical activity; and
  • more.

But how do you know when TMJ is to blame when so many factors contribute to headaches? The answer isn’t always obvious, which is why having a dentist well versed in pain management can help you either identify or rule out TMJ issues as the cause.

At DaVinci Dentistry, we know that TMJ pain can occur in areas you might not necessarily expect, including in the:

  • cheeks;
  • ears;
  • shoulders;
  • temple; and
  • neck.

When these areas become knotted and tight, pain can result in other parts of the body, including the head.

When you make an appointment with us, we’ll look for signs of temporomandibular joint dysfunction that may accompany headache, including jaw clenching and teeth grinding. We’ll also take a detailed health history, to discover whether you may have other symptoms that point to TMJ disorders. If we find that to be the case, we’ll discuss the TMJ treatment options available to you, which can often be as simple as physical therapy or oral appliances such as night guards and oral splints. Contact us today to share what TMJ symptoms you may be experiencing. 817-251-9333.

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