Can my headaches be caused by my teeth?

Could it be TMJ?

Some people who have recurrent headaches have been diagnosed as having TMJ. TMJ is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment. Problems can result in jaw clicking, headaches, sinus problems and even loss of hearing.

What does the research show?
A study headed by a researcher from the University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine showed that examiners could replicate tension-headache symptoms in 82 percent of subjects by performing the clinical examination of the temporalis muscle, which is involved in TMJ.

What should I do?
If you live in Katy, TX and are having the above symptoms, you can come see Dr. Jahangiri for a consultation. Diagnosis for TMJ requires an examination by a dentist or physician who has advanced training and expertise in the area of head and neck pain.

Come visit us at Noble Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry if you have symptoms such as those listed in this article. You may be just an appointment away from being headache free.