Recurring migraine-like headaches are among the most common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).

TMJ/TMD is a painful condition often caused by a misaligned jaw or bite condition. If you’re suffering from headaches that have eluded diagnosis, Pacific Palisades neuromuscular dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf can assess whether your headaches are the result of TMJ/TMD and recommend a custom treatment plan to correct the underlying source of your condition and relieve your pain.

Although headaches are the most widely reported symptom of TMJ/TMD, most people with this disorder experience multiple symptoms that may also include:

  • Jaw locking or sticking
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Face, neck and shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears/tinnitus
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and hands
  • Difficulty biting and chewing

If not treated, TMJ/TMD can cause progressively worsening discomfort as well as contribute to more severe dental problems. Fortunately, TMJ/TMD is treatable; the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of individual factors, including the source and severity of your condition.

If you would like to learn about diagnosis and treatment for TMJ/TMD, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation with Pacific Palisades neuromuscular dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf.