TMJ and Headaches

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Do you have headaches that may be associated with TMJ? And just what is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the name of the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull—the “hinge” of the jaw, just in front of your ear. If you have headaches or neck aches that seem to be associated with a sore or stiff jaw, you may have a disorder called temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. Many people use the term “TMJ” when they really mean TMD.

How do you know if your headaches are caused by TMD? A good place to start is your dentist. Dr. Scott Young at Woodlands Premier Dentistry can evaluate your bite and jaw alignment, and decide if your symptoms might be TMD. Simple, at-home treatments may help relieve your symptoms of TMD. Dr. Young can help you learn self-care techniques for relieving TMD, or suggest additional professional treatments you may need.

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

  • Pain or soreness in the jaw, especially if worse in the morning or late afternoon
  • Pain in the jaw when you chew, bite or yawn
  • Unusual noises (clicking or popping) when you open and/or close the mouth
  • Trouble opening and/or closing the mouth
  • Jaw that locks or is hard to move when you talk, eat, or yawn
  • Earache when no infection is present
  • Headache associated with a stiff or painful jaw

If you are in Houston or the Woodlands, Texas, area and would like to learn more about the connection between headaches and TMD, or be professionally evaluated for TMD, please contact the offices of Scott Young, D.D.S. at Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

By |September 14th, 2010|TMJ/TMD|