Temporomandibular Joint Disorder affects many areas of the body, but most of the painful symptoms of TMJ affect the head area. TMJ head symptoms can be painful and will likely have a very serious impact on your quality of life. Whether you’ve had TMJ head symptoms for mere days or weeks, or if you’ve suffered from TMJ for years or decades, there is TMJ treatment in Kansas City, Missouri, at Raman Center for TMJ & Sleep.
TMJ Head Symptoms
Some of the most common head symptoms of TMJ are:
The most common head symptom of TMJ is headaches. These headaches may feel like a migraine, but they are almost always tension headaches that could last for hours or even days.
With TMJ, there are primarily two reasons you will get a headache. The most common reason for a TMJ headache is jaw tension. When people clench their teeth or grind their teeth (medically known as “bruxism”), the muscles and joints in the mouth and jaw area are overworked, causing headache pain.
The pain travels up from the jaw to the temples, where it can manifest as mild, moderate, or severe headache pain. Grinding the teeth can also result in cramping of the jaw, leading to pulsating headaches that feel like migraines. For this reason, many people will come to Raman Center for TMJ & Sleep claiming they have migraine headaches but have not actually been diagnosed with migraine.
A second common reason for a TMD headache is a misaligned bite (medically known as “malocclusion”), which puts a strain on the jaw. The stress of trying to keep the jaw in the proper position can tire the surrounding tissues – including facial muscles – and when this happens, the result is a headache. For this reason, the goal of TMJ treatment is always to get the jaw in its optimal position. When the jaw is in its optimal position, there is no strain that can lead to headache pain.