TMJ Head/Face Signs and Symptoms
TMJ will likely affect the head and facial region of most people who have it. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ related to the face and head include:
- Pain in the muscles of the cheeks
- Locked jaw
- Difficulty swallowing
- Reduced mobility
- Popping/clicking noises in the jaw area
If you have TMJ, you will likely have head pain for one of two reasons:
- Jaw tension is the first reason your head will hurt. When people clench or grind their teeth, the muscles and joints in the mouth and jaw area are overworked, causing headache pain.
The pain travels from the jaw to the temples, manifesting as mild, moderate, or severe headache pain. Grinding the teeth can also result in cramping of the jaw, leading to pulsating headaches comparable to migraines.
2. A second common reason for a TMD headache is a misaligned bite (malocclusion), which strains the jaw. If you’re forced to keep your jaw comfortable, your jaw, face, and head muscles will be overworked. TMJ treatment puts the jaw in its optimal position, so there is no longer any strain that leads to headaches.