When you have a headaches or migraine would you think that your jaw could be the cause? The jaw, or
specifically (TMJ), temporomandibular joint could be causing your headache or migraine. The TMJ is a
hinge joint connecting the jaw to your skull base. This joint allows us to talk, laugh, swallow, yawn, and
chew. This joint is supported by a lot of different muscles. Some of the muscles involved include the
muscles of the throat, cheek, and side of the head which in turn connect with the muscles of the neck,
shoulders and chest. Issues with TMJ are often caused by malocclusion of misalignment of the bite.
This misalignment puts a lot of strain on the supporting and adjoining muscles which can potentially lead
to headaches or migraines. It has been documented that people who clench or grind their teeth have a
tendency to have more headaches and/or migraines.
Some of the symptoms of TMJ headaches are:
• Tight facial or jaw muscles
• Facial pain
• Clicking or popping in the jaw joint
• Limited opening
• Changes in the bite
• Clenching teeth
• Grinding teeth
• Noises in the ear
• Ear pain
TMJ treatment can provide a solution to the headaches and migraines you are having.