Is TMJ Causing Your Headaches?
Because they can be related to many conditions, it can be hard to determine whether your headaches are related to TMJ (TMD). Ask yourself the following four questions to determine if TMJ (TMD) might be the possible cause of your headaches:
Am I Responding To Headache Treatment As I Should?
If you have been diagnosed with a headache and are receiving treatment that isn’t responding, the odds are good that your headache is being caused by something else, possibly TMJ (TMD)
Do I Have Other TMJ Symptoms?
Typically, TMJ (TMD) symptoms come together, so if you have headaches, you may have other symptoms, such as:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Restricted jaw motion or locked jaw
- Ear symptoms like ringing in the ears, ear pain, or vertigo
- Neck pain
- Face pain
Do My Headaches Flare Up After Jaw Activity?
If they tend to come after chewing gum, eating a large meal, yawning, talking for long periods, or other kinds of jaw activity, then it is likely TMJ (TMD) plays a role
Have I Considered Other Common Causes?
Make sure that you have considered and eliminated other common causes such as dehydration, alcohol consumption, food allergies, and overexertion. Note that in some cases overexertion and stress are triggers for TMJ (TMD).
If you think TMJ (TMD) might be causing your headaches, gneuromuscular dentist, Dr. Kendall can perform a comprehensive examination of your jaw and determine whether you have characteristics of TMJ (TMD), including but not limited to, tense muscles, displaced discs in the temporomandibular joint, or other potential elements of this disorder.
If you are ready to finally be rid of your headaches in Anchorage, please call (907) 349-0022 or contact us today for an appointment at Excellence In Dentistry.