Headaches and TMJ

Do you or someone you know suffer from reoccurring headaches? Headaches that cause you to miss valuable time at work or school, and slowing down your active lifestyle. If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, as well as pain in your shoulders, neck, and back, it may be caused by your TMJ.

When your temporomandibular joint isn’t lined up properly, your muscles around your face, neck and head are relentlessly strained. Everything you do increases the stress and strain on those muscles and more importantly, on that particular joint. All this added strain on these head, face and neck muscles – lead to headaches, TMJ migraines and irritation & soreness in all the inter-connected muscles.

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ issue. When people think of a TMJ headache, they usually think it will occur in the temple area, but they can also occur behind the eyes, at the back of the head or even a radiating pain through the neck and shoulders. TMJ headaches are often so painful and frequent that they are misdiagnosed as migraines.

Migraine headaches are mainly on one side of your head and are usually coupled with visual disturbances and acute sensitivity to light. The treatment for migraine headaches is


different from headaches because of dislocated joints – so it’s essential that a qualified medical professional make the distinction.

If you are experiencing headaches and have not had your TMJ checked, contact us at 410-848-9070.

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)