Recurring, migraine-like headaches are among the most widely reported symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). But these headaches are typically accompanied by other indicators, many of which may seem vague and lead patients to believe they are suffering from a toothache, arthritis pain, sinus ailment or other condition.
Hayward dentist Dr. Gary G. Fong has extensive experience in the diagnosis of TMJ/TMD, and he has helped numerous patients find lasting relief from the painful effects of this common condition. Please call 510-582-8727 to schedule your TMJ consultation; Dr. Fong welcomes patients from Hayward and the surrounding Castro Valley, San Leandro and Union City, California, areas.
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
In addition to intense, chronic headaches, signs of TMJ may include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Earaches, ringing in the ears or discomfort around the ears
- Jaw sticking or locking
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Limited jaw movement
- Neck and shoulder discomfort
- Inability to find consistent, comfortable resting position for the jaw
Individually, each of these symptoms may be associated with other conditions, which is why TMJ/TMD often goes unreported by patients and untreated by general physicians who lack knowledge of neuromuscular dentistry.
When to See a Doctor about TMJ/TMD
You should contact Dr. Fong to schedule a TMJ assessment if:
- You suffer from regular headaches accompanied by other symptoms discussed here
- You feel consistent pain or tenderness in your jaw
- You are unable to completely open and close your jaw
For additional information, please see our TMJ Treatment page.
If you experience chronic headaches that have otherwise defied diagnosis, please contact Dr. Gary G. Fong today to schedule your TMJ/TMD consultation. Dr. Fong welcomes patients from the greater Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro and Union City areas.