Is painful temporomandibular disorder a real headache for many patients?

Pankaew Yakkaphan, Priya Thimma ravindranath, Leigh-Ann Elias, Tara Renton

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Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) and primary headaches are common pain conditions and often co-exist. TMD classification includes the term ‘headache secondary to TMD’ but this term does not acknowledge the likelihood that
primary headache pathophysiology underpins headache causing painful TMD signs and symptoms in many patients.
The two disorders have a complex link and we do not fully understand their interrelationship. However, growing evidence shows a significant association between the two disorders. This article reviews the possible connection
between temporomandibular disorders and primary headaches, specifically migraine, both anatomically and pathogenetically.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475–482
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2024


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