TMJ or Temporomandibular Disorder is what can happen when there’s an injury to the jaw bone. This can happen when the mechanism of the jaw and muscles around it have been injured. Anything from whiplash, to a sports injury or even having your mouth open for too long can distress the joint and bring on TMJ headaches.

There are numerous symptoms that you may not realize are associated with TMJ that could be bringing on your headaches.

Other factors that can lead to TMJ are:

 

Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth. This puts additional pressure on your joint.
– The ‘medical’ term for grinding your teeth is Bruxism. This very often happens while you’re asleep and you don’t even know you’re doing it. You may only find out when someone tells you they hear the grinding sound or if you consistently wake up with a headache that goes away soon after rising. Continued grinding can cause flattened (or worn down) teeth, cracked dental crowns and even broken or chipped teeth.

Arthritis in the Joint

Stress, which may cause tightening of the jaw and facial muscles or clenching
– Stress is a big cause of teeth grinding or clenching. This can cause muscle and gum inflammation which can lead to headaches and migraines. Is your jaw sore and does it click when you open your mouth?Do you have a pretty constant dull headache that starts around your temples or behind your eyes? Do you have tender teeth, difficulty opening or closing your mouth or even have indentations of your teeth on your tongue? These could be symptoms of TMJ or Bruxism and a factor in your headaches or migraines.

Your ‘BITE’ is Off – Missing, loose or misaligned teeth, orthodontics and even incoming wisdom teeth can cause your bite to be ‘off’ or your teeth not meeting smoothly when your jaw is closed. This constant strain makes your jaw have to work harder to compensate for the imbalance of trying to bring your bite into the right position, to swallow or even keep your mouth closed.