June 14, 2018

Headaches are common, and many people simply take Tylenol to deal with the discomfort. However, if you experience headaches all the time, then it could be a symptom of a temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ. See our dentist right away if you believe this is the case so that we can begin helping you with treatment.

Symptoms of TMJ

Many people do not realize a jaw disorder can cause headaches, but the temporomandibular joint is connected to the skull. When the joint constantly tenses up, it can cause pain around the skull. Your headaches may relate to this jaw disorder if it is accompanied by the following symptoms.

  • Difficulty closing and opening your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Aching pain and ringing around your ears
  • Tenderness and pain around the jaw
  • Clicking or popping noises when moving the jaw

What Happens When the Disorder Remains Ignored?

The symptoms will only escalate if no action is taken. The disorder is not life-threatening, but the headaches will become more intense over time. You may also develop tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in the ears. Back, shoulder and neck pain are also possibilities. For some people, the pain will make it difficult to sleep, resulting in sleep and mood disorders.

Treatments for TMJ

Our dentist can inform you about relaxation and stress management techniques to reduce severity of symptoms. In the event the disorder is caused by you grinding and clenching your teeth, then our dental professional may prescribe you a mouthguard to wear. In some cases, medications such as muscle relaxants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may need to be prescribed. Only in rare, severe cases will surgery be required.

See Our Dentist To Help Your Jaw

Contact Tilman Richards DDS in Corpus Christi, TX today and you will be able to see Dr. Tilman Richards in no time. There is no reason to live with the pain of a damaged jaw joint when helpful treatments are available. Schedule your appointment today!



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