TMJ Disorders and Headaches

Do you get frequent headaches along with discomfort around your jaw? You may be experiencing a TMJ disorder, as well as the other painful symptoms that it may cause.

TMJ-related headaches don’t have to become a part of your daily life – read on to learn more and find out how you can start living comfortably again.

How are TMJ Disorders and Headaches Connected?

TMJ disorders are typically associated with tightness and pain around the jaw area. This discomfort can spread from the affected area upwards towards the top of your skull, resulting in headaches and other sensations of discomfort around your face.

TMJ disorders themselves have a variety of causes, such as teeth grinding or keeping your jaw tense. Along with headaches, they can also cause other complications such as vertigo.

Symptoms of Headaches related to TMJ Disorders

With a TMJ disorder and related headaches, you may experience:

  • Discomfort around the ear and side of head
  • Pain and tightness around the jaw
  • Changes in how your upper and lower teeth fit
  • Clicking or popping when opening your jaw
  • Ear ringing
  • Face swelling
  • Jaw or head pain when eating


Short-term, temporary solutions to TMJ-related headaches include avoiding hard foods and keeping your jaw relaxed. You can also take painkillers and use ice on the affected area.

However, as TMJ disorders can be long lasting, we highly recommend receiving proper treatment from a TMJ expert at The Art of Dentistry & Spa. We will work with you personally to offer the best solutions for you, such as exercises, procedures, and more.

For a personal evaluation and to take the first step towards a comfortable jaw and life, call our office at (732) 846-7100 or request your appointment online. The earlier you start treatment, the better. We’re here to help!

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