Headaches are the second most common problem (after back pain) seen in medical practices. Since it is such a common problem, headaches are also a common reason that patients visit neurologists. Houston TMJ Dentist Dr. Konig focuses on the mouth, jaw, teeth, and head, which are frequently involved in tension headaches.
There are different types of headaches that have different causes. Tension headaches can be caused by a bad bite and by TMJ problems. Generally speaking, when you have a bad bite and the teeth do not meet together correctly, your facial muscles are overworked and often strained. There are some really large muscles involved and when these muscles and the jaw joint get out of sync the muscle strain can cause your headaches, neck aches, and even your jaw joints to pop and/or be painful.
In addition to causing headaches, these TMJ problems can also lead patients to think they have ear problems. This happens as a bad bite can force the jaw joint backwards which pushes on the ear mimicking an earache. Many of our TMJ patients are referred from ENT specialists since patients often think they have an earache when it is really a TMJ problem caused by the way their teeth meet together.
Not all head and neck pain is due to the teeth, however, it is very common and is a highly overlooked problem.