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Do You Suffer from Chronic Headaches? The Reason May Surprise You

You are going to get a headache. That is an undeniable fact of life. Everyone gets them, but some get them more than others. The reasons behind a headache are varied. Stress is a common cause. If you drink coffee on a regular basis and then take a day off, you might get a headache from that. For those with chronic headaches, one of the causes may surprise you.

Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt have been treating people with chronic headaches for years. This may be surprising to you, because they are orthodontists. The reason this shouldn’t surprise you is that there is a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) that can be the cause of headaches and even migraines.

What Is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint in your skull. This joint connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. The muscles that control this joint extend all the way up into the temple portion on the side of your head. Issues with this joint or the muscles that control it are referred to as TMD. Many people wrongly call these problems TMJ.

What Are TMJ/TMD Symptoms?

Headaches are a very common symptom of TMD, especially because the TMJ muscles extend up the side of your face, meaning there is a lot they can affect. Some other symptoms include:

All of these are possible when you are dealing with a problem that stems from TMD. Drs. Surber and Schmidt are aware of the difficulties that come with having this disorder. They will go over what your symptoms are and what treatment will best address them.

With headaches being so common, many people don’t realize that the issue behind them could be dental related. Drs. Schmidt and Surber are here to help you get rid of your headaches with quality dental care from Orthodontic Affiliates. Come visit our office to find out more about TMD. You can contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can also leave a message using our online form. A member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

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