Can TMJ Cause Your Teeth to Hurt?

Does TMJ Cause Tooth Pain?


Toothaches, jaw pain, and migraines — these excruciating experiences are common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ is a relatively common condition, and while it’s often associated with jaw issues, it can also cause tooth pain. In this article, we’ll explore causes, symptoms, and treatment options and answer the question: Can TMJ cause your teeth to hurt? 



anatomical depiction of tmj

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a condition that affects the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull, called the temporomandibular joint. It’s responsible for movements like chewing, talking, and yawning. TMJ can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, face, neck, and ears and difficulties opening and closing your mouth.

Causes of TMJ

This condition can occur for various reasons, including:

Keep in mind that while these factors can cause TMJ, it doesn’t mean that everyone who experiences them will develop the condition.


Symptoms of TMJ

The symptoms of TMJ can vary from person to person. In general, here are some indicators to pay attention to:

Does TMJ Cause Tooth Pain?

TMJ can cause tooth pain. In fact, this is one of the most common symptoms. This occurs because the jaw joint is located close to your teeth roots — any inflammation or damage to this area can put pressure on the teeth and cause pain.

Additionally, people with TMJ may grind or clench their teeth, which can cause tooth pain, sensitivity and make you more susceptible to tooth decay.

Treatment options for TMJ

Thankfully, there are several effective treatment options for TMJ. These include:

TMJ vs. Toothache

It’s often difficult to distinguish between TMJ and toothache because they can have similar symptoms. However, there are some key differences:

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw or teeth, it’s essential to seek professional advice from your dentist to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Professional TMJ Treatment

At Yazdani Family Dentistry, our experienced team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health and overall well-being. If you suspect you have TMJ or are experiencing tooth pain, visit us at one of our clinics today.

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani has helped to restore the smiles and self-confidence of countless clients since opening Yazdani Family Dentistry in 2001. As CEO and Director, he has amassed thousands of hours of comprehensive training and real-world experience in his decades-long tenure. Dr. Yazdani is deeply passionate about his work, family, and making the most of life itself.