Can Headaches be Caused by TMJ?

Chronic, severe headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMD or TMJ, any number of disorders that can impact the proper alignment of your temporomandibular joint. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from frequent headaches never stop to question if they are being caused by a misalignment of the jaw. In turn, they may rely on prescription medications and other forms of treatment that never address the underlying problem.

How Headaches are Caused by your TMJ

The muscles in your face are intricately connected to provide for the entire range of facial movement. When the muscles in your TMJ begin to stiffen and become inflexible due to misalignment, they can produce a pulling effect on all of the muscles in your face.

The muscles in your temple in particular are susceptible to this pulling, as they play a role in the proper function of your jaw. If the muscles in your temples are constantly strained, the end result can be migraines and cluster headaches that last for hours or even days.

Fortunately, treatment options for TMD is often as simple as a mouth guard worn at night. Our neuromuscular dentists can customize a treatment option for you that will effectively eliminate your headaches while brining your jaw back into proper alignment.

If you are suffering from frequent headaches in or around Morristown, New Jersey, please contact the neuromuscular dentists at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville to schedule a TMJ evaluation today.

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