A TMJ headache is most commonly located on the side of the head over the temples. This is the location of the anterior temporalis muscle which helps guide and close the lower jaw. You can verify this by placing both of your hands on your temples and biting hard. The areas that get hard are the most forward part of the temporalis muscles. If you press hard on the muscle while biting and it hurts, there is a good chance that you need TMJ treatment.
A TMJ headache can often be helped using Motrin, Nuprin or Advil. They are all the same medication with different names and they're effective in helping muscle pain. Gentle self massage often helps but is only temporarily effective. The most effective treatment is making a soft appliance to support the lower jaw and relieve the jaw muscles. The jaw muscles are trying to protect the temporomandibular joints and are going into spasm and hurting.
Many patients with a TMJ headache also have clicking and popping of the TMJs. However, this is not always true and it makes diagnosing TMJ disorders more difficult. Since this type of pain is usually related to muscles rather than the actual joints, any treatment aimed at helping muscles is often effective. This is why Dr. Padolsky places all of his patients on a supportive program which usually helps most TMJ patients.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients eliminate their TMJ headache. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients. He offers both initial ( Phase 1 ) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it ( Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.