Can TMJ disorders cause a headache?

TMJ headaches are a typical symptom of TMJ disorders. Headaches might be a direct outcome of TMJ issues, or they can be a secondary effect.

A tight, dull painful headache is the most common symptom of TMJ. It is more usually found on one side, however, it can sometimes be found on both sides. It is usually worst on the side where the TMJ is the worse. 

What is TMJ?

TMJ headache is described as head discomfort caused by tensing up of the jaw muscles, which then travels to the TMJ muscles along the side of your cheekbones, finally reaching the top of your head, leading to a TMJ headache.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between a TMJ headache and a regular headache.

TMJ helps you to talk, laugh, and eat while also allowing your jaw to move up and down and side to side.

This joint is a little more complicated than other joints in the body because of the hinge and sliding motions, and it can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches if something is wrong. These are commonly referred to as temporomandibular disorders.

What causes a TMJ headache?

Can TMJ disorders cause a headache?

While the exact aetiology of TMD is unknown, it could be as simple as teeth grinding regularly.

TMJ pain affects one out of every ten people, while TMD affects over half of the population in the United States. Because it might be difficult to discern between ordinary headaches and TMJ headaches, there are no exact figures on TMJ headaches.

The TMJ muscles run along your jaw and cheekbones, and they can sometimes cause pain, including headaches.

When the muscles in your jaw tighten up, such as when you grind your teeth, the discomfort can travel to other TMJ muscles on the sides and top of your head, resulting in a headache. TMJ problems such as osteoarthritis, joint hypermobility, or osteoporosis can cause TMJ pain.