Headaches & Migraines

Headaches & Migraines | NW Heights Dental | Portland OR

Many can not believe that your jaw could be the reason for your headaches, however it can. The TMJ is a connective hinge from your jaw to your skill. This hinge allows us to do so many things including talking, laughing, chewing, the movement of our jaw up and down and side to side. This connection, if misaligned can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches.

What causes TMJ headaches?

The cause of TMD is not too clear, as it could be something as simple as consistent teeth grinding. The TMJ muscles along your jaws and cheeks can cause pain, resulting in headaches. This is likely to occur for those who grind their teeth. Teeth grinding causes your muscles to tense, and any pain associated with this can spread to other TMJ muscles alongside your cheeks and to your head, causing a headache.

Symptoms of TMJ Headaches

Although there are many different kinds of headaches, TMJ headaches typically show similar symptoms. These can include:

  • Tight facial or jaw muscles
  • Jaw or facial pain
  • A “clicking” noise in the jaw
  • Sudden restrictive movement of the jaw
  • Changes in your bite

TMJ headaches can also be described as tension headaches.


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