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TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Syndrome is a condition that effects hundreds of thousands of Americans, and is one of the leading causes of skeletal pain behind common lower back aches. The reason that TMJ does not receive the same attention as other causes of pain is that TMJ is often an underlying condition that manifests itself in many different ways. This article is going to discuss some of the common TMJ smptoms that I see all of the time as a Houston cosmetic dentist, and attempt to answer some of your common TMJ questions.


  • Most patients that I see believe headaches are always a result of pressure somewhere in the head.
  • While restricted bloods vessels can be the cause of a headache, TMJ is often times associated with headaches as well.
  • TMJ sufferers typically characterize these headaches as dull, long lasting, and often times coming in clusters. They tend to bother people the most on the temples and around the back of the head.

Jaw pain

  • Jaw pain is often times closely associated with TMJ, because inflammation of the temporomandibular joint is what defines TMJ Syndrome.
  • Often times this jaw pain can be acute and painful, or dull and long lasting. People report different types of jaw pain with regards to TMJ, but some type of pain is nearly always present.

Neck and shoulder pain

  • Many people will never associated the pain in their necks or shoulders with TMJ, but as a Houston TMJ dentist I see this all of the time.
  • Whenever inflammation occurs in any muscle, pain often spreads to nearby locations. If your temporomandibular joint is inflamed, then the pain with likely spread to other locations.


If you are experiencing any of these common TMJ symptoms then it is important to see a TMJ doctor immediately. While TMJ in itself is not dangerous, it can severely impact your life, and the lives of the ones you love. If you have any questions about TMJ, then make sure to contact top Houston dentists Dr. Tom Hedge and Dr. Kathy Frazar today.