You probably already know that TMJ disorder can cause headaches. But what kind of headaches can temporomandibular joint disorder bring on?
“TMJ disorders can cause all of those head pains,” says Dr. Idan Snapir, DDS, of the Dental Smile Center in Van Nuys, CA.
“TMJ can cause throbbing, sharp, pulsating, dull pain, as they are all symptoms of migraine headaches,” continues Dr. Snapir.
“And TMJ disorders can trigger migraine headaches. TMJ can also trigger tension headaches, which are most frequently caused by the neck and jaw muscles.”
The location of the pain in one’s head can be focused on the temples or all throughout the head, and sometimes on the side of the head.
They can also be on only one side, not necessarily both sides.
The pain can range from mild to severe and be occasional or frequent.
If your headaches are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, body weakness, seizures, appetite changes, mental status changes or disturbances in vision or in the appearance of your eyes … you should see a neurologist immediately, even if you’ve already been diagnosed with TMJ disorder.
Head pain that’s associated with TMJ disorder may be accompanied by other classic symptoms of temporomandibular joint malfunction such as:
• Jaw pain or soreness
• Clicking, popping or grinding of the jaw
• Limited jaw movement
• Neck, back or shoulder pain
• Teeth pain
• Teeth grinding
• Tinnitus (subjective perception of a high or lower pitched tone or hissing in the ears)