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Headaches, TMJ Dysfunction, and Occlusal Disorders

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is an umbrella term that refers to pain and dysfunction of the muscles responsible for mastication, as well as the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the lower jaw to the skull. “Occlusal disorders” refers to problems with the way our teeth fit together. When teeth don’t engage with each other, a number of problems may arise – including worn teeth, broken teeth, broken restorations, jaw pain, facial pain, gum problems, tooth loss, and implant failure.

TMJ may be the result of one or more factors. Some of these include:

  • Trauma to the TMJ, head, Neck, or Face – Such as Whiplash Injury or a Heavy Blow
  • Parafunctional Habits – Such as Grinding and Clenching of Teeth
  • Presence of Arthritis
  • Imbalance or Changes to Hormones
  • Poor Bite (Malocclusion)

The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction vary between patients. Some symptoms include:

  • Pain in the Face, Jaw, or Ear
  • Tinnitus
  • Headaches – Often Mimicking Migraines
  • Pain and Pressure Behind the Eyes
  • Clicking or Popping Sounds when Opening or Closing the Mouth
  • Jaws that “Get Stuck”, Locked, or Move out of Place
  • Tenderness of the Jaw Muscles
  • Difficulty in Chewing

These symptoms may be similar to other medical conditions. You are advised to consult your GP and pursue medical tests.

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