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Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) is a medical condition involving the jaw joint. The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull in front of your ears. Problems in this area have been known to cause headaches and head, neck and shoulder pain among a long list of symptoms.
The symptoms of TMD/TMJ can either appear gradually from habitual activities such as teeth grinding or clenching or can appear suddenly as a result of an injury or trauma, such as a blow to the head or from an automobile accident.
The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder are many and varied and include headache and facial pain. Some people experience dental pain, pain or pressure in the ears, and neck, back and shoulder pain. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, insomnia and depression.
Headaches caused by TMD/TMJ are described as sharp and searing by some sufferers and dull and aching by others. The pain is usually located below the ear on one or both sides and may extend to the temples, the middle of the face or across the top of the skull. The headaches associated with TMD/TMJ have also been described as similar to migraine headaches and are sometimes confused with tension or sinus headaches. The headache of TMD/TMJ is often accompanied by nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Pain medication prescribed for the headache of TMD/TMJ does nothing to eliminate the underlying cause of the pain.
If you live in Calgary, Alberta and you suffer from headaches caused by TMD/TMJ, please contact Dr. Steven Cload at Southcentre Dental Clinic today.