Do I have TMJ? Steps to Determine if TMJ Could Be Giving You Head Pain

Not sure if you have TMJ disorder and want to learn more about how TMJ and head pain are related? We can help!


Are you suffering from inexplicable head pain? It might be TMJ head pain. If so, then you may want to consider the possibility of TMJ disorder being the cause. A disorder of the temporomandibular joint (the joint that hinges your jaw to your skull) can occur when this joint is injured or otherwise damaged, whether it be a trauma or natural causes. Not sure if you have TMJ disorder and want to learn more about how TMJ and head pain are related? We can help.

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

There are many potential symptoms to be on the lookout for when it comes to TMJ disorder. The most commonly reported symptom is pain in the jaw; this pain is often concentrated to one side, but it can be present on both sides of the jaw. This pain may also be accompanied by a strange clicking or popping sound in the jaw, especially when the mouth is opened wide or when chewing. Some patients also suffer from lockjaw or even dislocation of the jaw as a result of TMJ disorder.

In some cases, those with TMJ disorder will also experience tinnitus, which is a condition that results in popping and ringing sounds in the ears. This can be a very distracting symptom to have. This, in addition to a feeling of fullness or temporary loss of hearing in one ear, is another common sign of a TMJ problem.

Typically, TMJ disorder must be diagnosed with an X-ray or even an MRI by your doctor. However, if you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms and believe you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, it’s worth scheduling an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

TMJ and Head Pain

TMJ disorder is very serious and the head pain associated with it can be a major burden in anybody’s life. Some people find that they are unable to complete everyday activities as a result of the pain, and others may even develop headaches or migraines as a result. This is why getting a proper diagnosis and pursuing viable treatment options is so important.

Treatment Options

If you’re suffering from head pain associated with TMJ, we may be able to help. We offer a non-invasive, medication-free treatment method for head pain associated with TMJ disorder and a number of other related conditions. Specifically, our treatment involves using a combination of sports therapy techniques, neuroscience, and advanced dental techniques to evaluate and treat patients with pain resulting from improper muscle forces in the mouth, neck and head area.

If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ Treatment, consider setting up a free 30-minute consultation with one of our doctors. Our experienced professionals at DaBell, Paventy & Magnuson Orthodontics can provide you with a customized and painless treatment plan to relieve your head pain caused by TMJ disorder. Contact our office today or use our online appointment request to get started on your path to living free of head pain.

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