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TMJ Headaches vs Actual Migraines

A headache can stop you in your tracks and leave you feeling helpless, and when they occur frequently, they can seriously disrupt your life. But did you know that not all serious headaches are migraines? At Cedar Park Premier Dentistry, we treat Austin-area patients every day for headaches caused by problems with jaw alignment and function.

A migraine is a severe headache that is often accompanied by neurological symptoms like vision problems, light sensitivity, and lightheadedness. Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms, and the headache frequently affects one side of the head more than the other. Although migraines affect individual sufferers differently, these kinds of headaches are fundamentally based in neurology and can often be treated with prescription medication.

TMJ headaches, on the other hand, are mechanical in nature. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition in which the function or alignment of the jaw joint causes problems. Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain near the TM joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Clicking and popping noises when opening and closing the jaw

In addition to these symptoms, patients can also present with headaches, sinus pain, ringing ears, and other seemingly unrelated warning signs. Dr. Dale Williams is an experienced neuromuscular dentist and can relieve your TMJ-related headaches by treating the underlying cause of the dysfunction.

If debilitating headaches are interfering with your life, you may have a TMJ problem. Please contact Cedar Park Premier Dentistry today or call 512-782-0821 to schedule an appointment with our Austin TMJ dentist.