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Docs, could a tmj dysfunction cause headaches?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes: It's possible. Other things can cause headaches as well.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes but....: There are many different varieties of headaches. But headaches can be a major sign/symptom of a TMJ/TMD problem. Other causes should be ruled out, but TMJ/TMD is a trigger.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Yes most TMD have headaches. Treatment of the TMJ with usually help the headaches.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
TMJ: Headache is common symptom.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Absolutely : TMJ syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, jaw noises, earache, and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options.

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