Headaches and TMJ

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Headaches and TMJ Q&A

If you suffer from chronic or ongoing headaches, it could be due to problems with the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in your jaw. Located in Jamestown, North Dakota, Miller Dental offers effective treatment for people suffering from TMJ dysfunction. Clinton Miller, DMD, provides the highest quality personalized dental care for headaches and TMJ. Call the office to schedule a consultation, or request one online today.

What causes TMJ headaches?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-like joint that connects your skull to your jaw. You have a TMJ on either side of your face. Also known as a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), TMJ pain occurs when you experience damage to the temporomandibular joint.

Several factors, including genetics, arthritis, and jaw injuries, can cause you to develop TMD. Damage to the cartilage or disc of the temporomandibular joint can result in a TMD. Injuries like a forceful blow or impact can also damage the joint. People who grind their teeth or clench their jaw sometimes develop headaches and TMJ as a result. 

When should I see a dentist about my headaches and TMJ?

Most people don’t consider that their jaw could be the source of their headaches. The symptoms of a TMJ headache are difficult to distinguish from typical headaches. You should schedule a visit with Dr. Miller if you have headaches and symptoms like:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tenderness in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Locking of the jaw

If you experience symptoms, Dr. Miller can determine the right treatment for you. Miller Dental offers advanced diagnostics and a wide range of safe and effective treatments.

How are TMD disorders diagnosed?

At Miller Dental, your diagnosis begins with an oral exam and a discussion of your symptoms. Dr. Miller checks for any abnormalities with your jaw, such as a limited range of motion or a clicking sound. 

In many cases, Dr. Miller performs a digital X-ray to get a good look at the structure of your jaw. 

What treatments are available for headaches and TMJ?

In most cases, treating headaches and TMJ involves a night guard to prevent damage to your teeth and minimize any stress or irritation to your jaw. Miller Dental offers custom night guards made from 3D impressions of your smile. 

Treatment may also involve over-the-counter pain medication or physical therapy to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles. 

In rare cases, your condition may require more invasive treatment like injection therapies or surgery. 

To find out which treatment is right for your headaches and TMJ, call Miller Dental or request an appointment online today.