How Do I Know if My Headaches Are TMJ Related?

If you’re like most Utahns, you might have some small health problems that you’ve delayed getting fixed. Maybe you just haven’t had the time. Maybe those headaches you get are nothing. Maybe you tell yourself your jaw pain isn’t that bad. But there is something you should know.

Your TMJ may be the cause of your headaches. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the small hinge on which your jaw swings open and closed. According to the American Migraine Foundation, TMJ pain affects one in ten Americans.

So how do you know if your headaches are related to TMJ?

Ask yourself if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:


  • Pain in one or both sides of your upper jaw
  • Clicking noises when you chew
  • Throbbing or tightness of jaw/facial muscles
  • Aching pain around your ear
  • Difficulty closing your mouth
  • Headaches that spread from your upper jaw to the top of your head


If this describes you, your headaches could be the result of a TMJ disorder. These aren’t normal headaches, so they can’t always be treated like normal headaches. Simple remedies may not fix the problem. It might be time to get TMJ treatment.

Stop living with pain, and see a TMJ specialist today.

Diagnosing TMJ can be tricky, so leave it to the experts. There are a variety of treatments available, ranging from simple over-the-counter drugs to TMJ surgery. But you won’t know the right option for you until you see a professional.