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TMJ: Headaches and Jaw Pain

Have you consulted a doctor about migraines, ear ringing or jaw pain? Most physicians are untrained in identifying Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ.  

TMJ is often caused by the misalignment of your jaw. Until the misalignment is corrected headaches, ear ringing and jaw pain may only intensify.

Common Symptoms of headaches

Do I Have TMJ?

Common symptoms of TMJ include: 

  • Frequent headaches | migraines 
  • Jaw pain, pulsing, cracking
  • Tinnitus and ear ringing 
  • Pain that radiates through the neck and shoulders

If you suspect that TMJ may be causing your jaw pain, headaches and lack of energy call Dr. Whitmore for a consultation. 

Dr. Whitmore’s approach to TMJ treatment does not require drugs or surgery. Instead, Dr. Whitmore combines examination techniques with hightech diagnostic imaging tools to determine if you have TMJ. If a TMJ diagnosis is made, you will be presented with options for care and pain relief. 

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is curing chronic head, neck and jaw pain through advanced treatment of TMJ. 

To learn more about how to heal your jaw, head, ear, neck and shoulder discomfort, please call our Plano, Texas  care team at 877-77WHITMORE (877-779-4486), or request an appointment with Dr. Marc Whitmore right now.

TMJ & Headaches

Migraine and Tension Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common and overlooked symptoms of TMJ. Most people attempt to treat headaches, even migraines, with over the counter medications. The medications may dull the pain for a time, but do not address the source of the pain. 

TMJ headaches are often mistakenly diagnosed as migraine or tension headaches. However, headaches caused by TMJ are the result of a misaligned jaw that is putting pressure on the trigeminal nerve. The best way to deal with this is to relieve the pressure on the nerve. 

Dr. Whitmore uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat your head and jaw pain. Whether your bite is unbalanced due to broken or cracked teeth, tooth grinding and jaw clenching, or something else, Dr. Whitmore will find the problem and develop an individualized treatment plan to relieve your pain permanently. 

Treatment of TMJ at Whitmore Dental typically does not require drugs or surgery. Rather, Dr. Whitmore uses advanced therapies, a conservative orthodontic approach, and techniques to restore and rebuild the structure of your teeth to deliver natural and durable pain relief and TMJ resolution. 


A common symptom of TMJ that can aggravate an aching head is tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. For some, tinnitus can sounds like buzzing, chirping, or other continuous noises radiating in your ear(s).

Millions of Americans suffer from tinnitus, many on a regular basis. Like headaches, tinnitus can interfere with sleep and daily quality of life. A misaligned jaw may be the cause of your tinnitus, and should be discussed in your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Whitmore. 

TMJ treatment is drug-free and completely safe. Since it addresses underlying causes of discomfort and pain to provide long-term relief, rather than simply nullifying it for a short while with pain medication, you should speak to Dr. Whitmore to find out more about your options. A pain free life is possible for most people with TMJ.

If you would like to find out more about relief for your TMJ headaches, contact Whitmore Dental today to schedule your consultation.


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Before Dr. Whitmore rebalanced my bite, pain radiated down my neck and shoulders. I thought it was part of aging. Dr. Whitmore is a family friend. He explained to me how my neck and shoulder pain related to my jaw and the way my teeth fit together. I said yes to treatment and now my pain is gone. No need to take pain relievers and my smile looks amazing!

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