It is common for individuals to suffer from headaches due to stress, diet, weather, and not getting enough sleep. However, there are also instances where tension and migraine headaches are a result of TMJ. Recognizing whether this is what is causing your headaches can help ensure you get the care that you need.
Causes of TMJ Headaches
It can be extremely difficult to determine the root cause of a TMJ headache. In some cases, arthritis, genetics, or a jaw injury may contribute to these headaches. In other instances, having misaligned teeth can cause TMJ headaches to occur. Teeth grinding, particularly at night, can cause pain as well.
Symptoms of TMJ Headaches
Many people fail to discuss the link between headaches and TMJ until they suffer from headaches for an extended period. This makes it important to take a closer look at your symptoms if you frequently experience tension and migraine headaches. If your headaches are accompanied by these common symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ headaches.
OTC Medications Do Not Provide Lasting Relief
If you have headaches that persist regardless of whether you take over-the-counter medication for relief, it could indicate that your headaches are associated with TMJ. You may also have problems finding relief from simple home remedies, such as drinking more water, applying a cold compress, or essential oils.
You Experience Excessive Jaw Activity
There are specific activities that may trigger headaches that are related to TMJ. These include:
- Talking the entire day
- Clenching the jaw
- Chewing gum
- Eating hard-to-chew foods
- Grinding your teeth
If these actions cause headaches to develop, then TMJ may be the root cause.
You Have Jaw, Neck, and Facial Pain
Tension and migraine headaches that are caused by TMJ often occur along with pain in other regions of the head and face. You may feel pressure on the muscles of the skull, particularly near your temples or neck.
Your Jaw Movement Is Restricted
Not being able to open your mouth as wide as possible can indicate that you have restrictions in your jaw movement. If you experience this type of restriction and you suffer from headaches, there may be a connection.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you believe that TMJ may be behind your tension and migraine headaches, reach out to Dr. Hans Schleicher, DDS, to get started on a treatment plan that works. Contact his Houston office at 713-828-8587 to request an appointment.