We all get headaches right? That’s true but have you ever thought your headache could actually be something more serious?
If you have been experiencing severe headaches, don’t just assume there’s nothing more to them. Something more serious could be at play.
Severe headaches could be a symptom of a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder.
What is a TMJ disorder?
This disorder has an impact on the temporomandibular joint which is located in front of the ears and is used when the mouth opens and closes.
When it comes to maintaining normal jaw functions such as talking, chewing and yawning, this joint plays an integral role which means when it’s not working right, it really can negatively impact your life.
TMJ disorders may affect one or both joints, and more severe pain that can make it difficult to open and close your mouth, and chew without discomfort.
Even though you might have never heard of a TMJ disorder, 7 out of 10 people will experience this kind of disorder in their lifetime. Now that’s scary!
If you’re stressed or have experienced physical trauma recently, you could be at riskand here’s why:
Stress – It’s being talked about more and more these days and when it comes to TMJ disorders, it’s a big factor.
If you’re a bit of a stress head, you’ll notice that you tend to grind or clench your teeth the tenser you get. All of the emotional and/or physical stress leads to tension building up in the jaw.
Physical trauma – If you’ve experienced a fracture or dislocation of the temporomandibular joint, this could also lead to the disorder developing.
It’s important to be especially aware if you’re experiencing:
- Difficulty opening your mouth and moving your jaw freely.
- Strange noises such as clicking, grating or popping noises from the TMJ area.
- Pain when chewing or yawning.
- Extreme pain around your ears and cheeks.
- Muscle spasms along the face, neck, back or shoulders.
- Headaches in temporal area, especially if present on waking.
If you answered yes to any of these, visit your local NovaDental dentist as soon as possible.
There are a number of treatments available and we’ll take the necessary steps to diagnose your jaw’s condition and discuss the best treatment options for you. Call us on 1300 549 750.