If you find that you are experiencing jaw pain or have constant headaches, you could be suffering from the temporomandibular joint disorder also known as TMJ or TMD. About one-third of the adult population in the United States endures the discomfort caused by this malady. Research indicates that women experience this disorder more than men and it often manifests as severe headache pain. TMJ/TMD can present in different areas of the head and neck despite the fact that it originates in the jaw joint and associated tissues.
Many people find that over-the-counter pain relievers help. In time, the symptoms may just disappear on their own without any intervention at all. Other people are not so fortunate. In mild cases, certain exercises may help with the discomfort. Certain techniques have been shown to alleviate pain. Appliances may help stop the nighttime grinding of teeth that occurs during sleep. Consulting with your dentist about general dentistry so the exact cause of your discomfort can be determined is necessary in order to find the best solution.
If you find yourself clenching your jaw when under stress and you suffer from headaches and/or pain in your jaw joint, chances are you are experiencing the effects of TMJ/TMD. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth put extra strain and pressure on those joints. Surrounding muscles and tissues become fatigued and can get inflamed causing discomfort. The pain can range anywhere from minor to mind-bending.