There are few things worse than getting a migraine headache when you’ve got important things to take care of. Did you know that the cause may actually be a condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD/TMJ)? Here at Jackson Center for Smiles, we know that Jackson residents are no strangers to toughing out headaches, but Dr. Jim Ed Watson may be able to help. Read on to find out how migraines, headaches, earaches jaw pain, sinus issues, and a number of other painful symptoms can all be signs of TMJ.
TMD and the Temporomandibular Joint
Have you ever thought about how complex your temporomandibular joint is? This single joint connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull and is responsible for all jaw movement, including speaking and chewing. With that in mind, it’s not hard to imagine how a malfunction of this joint can cause all sorts of issues. Often, Jackson residents with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) have no idea that their symptoms are all connected and stem from a single area. The problem is that most people don’t associate things like dizziness, migraine headaches, earaches, and/or neck pain with the jaw. After all, would you assume that headaches and jaw popping are related?
Common symptoms of TMJ
- Abnormally sensitive teeth
- Painful chewing
- Popping, clicking, or grinding of the jaw
- Frequent dislocation or locking of the jaw
- Difficulty or pain in opening the mouth wide
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Ringing in the ears
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have TMD. However, Dr. Jim Ed Watson can help. By thoroughly examining your jaw and bite, we can identify problem areas and develop a treatment program that will return your jaw to its comfortable, natural state. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to give Jackson Center for Smiles a call.