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TMD and headaches


The temporomandibular joint, as was mentioned in a previous article, is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the upper in the temple area. TMD is a disorder that affects this joint.

Temporomandibular joint disorder is something that you should never take for granted. It causes a lot of pain, not only for the patient, but for the people around him as well. This is because the temporomandibular joint is the only joint that connects your jaw together,{{more}} but it is also a joint that is connected to your brain. If this joint is misaligned, you will experience severe pain not only on your jaw area, but also on most of your face.

This headache is because if the joint is misaligned, the tendency of the brain is to ask the heart to pump more blood to that area of the face. If this happens, it will cause a higher blood pressure for the patient and therefore cause migraines. Sometimes, it is misdiagnosed as migraines, but in actuality, it is cause by TMD.

Because the temporomandibular joint is connected to the brain, you will have a tendency to feel various symptoms if you have this disorder. Here are some of the symptoms that you should watch out for if you have temporo-mandibular disorder.

Tingling sensation in the fingers

This is because the disorder also affects the nervous system, because of the joint being connected to the brain. The synapse therefore may send electric signals all throughout the body to counteract the effects of TMD, electric signals that manifest through the fingers.

Sensitive and chapped teeth

The teeth may also grow sensitive to physical touch because of TMD. This is because of the nerve endings that keep the joint and mouth connected.

Severe headaches

These are sometimes mistaken for migraines because of the severity of the pain that the headaches produce.

Ringing ears

The ears may ring, due to mixed signals sent by the brain because of the disorder.

Sore jaw muscles

This is inevitable because of the pain and stress that the jaw goes through every time the joints collide because of misalignment.

Clicking of the joints within the jaw

This misalignment is manifested through the clicking sound produced by joints within the jaw, especially when a person with TMD opens his mouth.

These symptoms are just the beginning of TMD and suggest that you need to seek treatment. TMD and migraines are closely related.

Dr Keith John

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Clinic: Heritage Dental

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