Is Your Tension Headache Actually Caused by TMJ?

Is Your Tension Headache Actually Caused by TMJ?

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Headaches are a pain to deal with, literally. The best way to prevent or treat headaches is to identify the type of headache you have so you receive proper treatment. Tension headaches are among the most common types of headaches but sometimes they are confused for what is actually TMJ pain. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint connecting the jawbone to the skull.

Tension headaches and TMJ headaches are often confused for another because both produce similar headache pain. However, there are several other symptoms that set TMJ headaches apart from other headaches. You may have a TMJ headache if:

  • Your jaw makes a grinding or popping sound when moving
  • You experience stiffness in the joint and opening and closing your mouth is difficult
  • Your face feels tender or even painful.
  • You have earaches
  • You have changes in your bite

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you likely have TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. There are a few home remedies you can practice to help reduce TMJ pain, such as taking OTC pain relievers upon the first sign of a headache, gently massaging the jaw joint and refraining from chewing gum. But if your TMJ/TMD pain is more than you can manage, you need help from a professional.

Renew Dental offers TMJ/TMD treatments that don’t require additional medication or surgery. If you are tired of dealing with TMJ pain alone, contact us at 662-823-7900 to request an appointment and find out how we can help relieve your pain.

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