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Headache and TMJ Treatment

  • TMDThe Temporomandibular joint is the hinge-joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is located just in front of the ear on each side of the head. These joints are very flexible, allowing the mouth to open and close and move side-to-side smoothly during talking, chewing and yawning. There are several muscles attached to and surrounding the temporomandibular joint which control the joint's position and movement.

    Problems with the temporomandibular joint commonly result in pain, difficulty chewing and eating and difficulty opening/closing the mouth. Often, these disorders are incorrectly called TMJ, for temporomandibular joint.

    The following conditions are common with disorders of the jaw and temporomandibular joint.

    If you experience any of the following symptoms, this program may help you.

    • Patients who experience pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, and neck when swallowing, chewing, biting, speaking, shouting, or yawning.
    • Patients with a limited ability to open the mouth or a jaw that gets "stuck" or "locked" in the open or closed mouth position.
    • Patients with clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the temporomandibular joint when opening or closing the mouth.
    • Patients with ear aches, ear pain with chewing, ear stuffiness or ringing.
    • Patients with chronic recurrent headaches.