If you’re experiencing chronic headaches, the first area you’re going to want to pay attention to is your jaw. This jaw pain typically stems from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD for short. If you have TMD, it means that your jaw is not functioning properly and needs to be addressed. Other symptoms patients typically experience include:
- Clenching and grinding at night
- Sleep disturbances, waking numerous times may be associated with sleep apnea
- Waking up to sore jaw muscle(s) or a headache
- Teeth that have been worn down over the years from grinding, affecting your appearance
Keep in mind, pain and other issues with your jaw often cause pain to appear in other surrounding areas, such as your head or ears. By improving the function of your TMJ, you can effectively reduce the pain directly at the source. Luckily, Dr. Kelly has been treating patients with headaches and TMD for years in Albuquerque, so you’ll be getting care that is specialized and catered to your needs.