TMJ and Headaches

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: May 23, 2014
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Many patients who regularly experience severe headaches might be surprised to learn that their symptoms could be originating from dysfunction of the jaw. Patients who suffer from TMJ disorder often report headaches of nearly migraine-like intensity. Don’t let pain in the jaw or other parts of the face waylay you from life: Warr Dental offers a range of TMJ treatment options for patients throughout Utah.

The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw. When the TMJ functions properly, you should be able to open and close your mouth easily and with no discomfort. If the joint is out of balance, though, you might experience significant pain and a loss of function in the jaw.

TMJ disorder (sometimes called TMD) can also cause the muscles connected to the jaw to malfunction, putting pressure on nerves in the face. This pressure can lead to headache symptoms such as:

  • Throbbing pain, especially in the temples and/or back of the neck
  • Tenderness around the jaw and other parts of the face
  • Ear pain and ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness

If you’re suffering from jaw pain, headaches, and other problems commonly caused by disorders of the TMJ, a qualified neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Keith Warr can help. Dr. Warr can recommend a number of custom TMJ/TMD treatment solutions for patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Midvale, and other communities.

Please contact Warr Dental or call 801-216-3713 today to learn more about how we can help you recover TMJ function. Dr. Warr welcomes patients throughout the state of Utah.