Do you frequently experience serious headaches? Then the problem could be related to your jaw joints. Common oral health issues, such as TMJ disorder (TMD) and bruxism could place pressure on the joints, leading to uncomfortable symptoms. How do we treat TMD-related headaches? What happens if these jaw joint problems are not addressed in a timely manner?
Headaches and Jaw Joint Problems
TMJ disorder means pressure has been placed on the jaw joints, impacting how they fit together and straining them. Eventually, patients could have trouble opening and closing their mouth. Bruxism means regular teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which places serious pressure on the teeth and leads to damage. Causes of these issues could include stress, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, misalignment, and bite imbalance. As part of your treatment, we will need to assess the cause and extent of your jaw joint disorder. Symptoms of these disorders include jaw pain, headaches, toothaches, tooth sensitivity, and aches in the neck or shoulders.
The Dangers of Ignoring TMD and Teeth Grinding
As we touched on above, TMJ disorder could mean serious pressure on the jaw joints, causing problems opening and closing the mouth completely. Teeth grinding may actually wear down enamel and tooth structure, which could crack or chip a tooth and lead to a greater risk of tooth decay and dental infection. Lack of treatment could mean serious complications for your oral health, so don’t ignore symptoms, talk to our team today. We will examine the wear and friction on your teeth to assess the disorder and recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Custom Oral Appliances
We may treat the issue with an oral appliance. After taking detailed impressions of your smile, we will design and create an oral appliance, which looks like a mouthguard. The appliance will be worn at night, repositioning the jaw to ease strain on the joints and providing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage. In addition, we may discuss the placement of a restoration or even orthodontic care to improve the balance of your bite and prevent headaches related to TMJ disorder and bruxism. If you have any questions about TMD or teeth grinding, of if you think you need treatment, then please contact our team for a consultation. Don’t let your oral health worsen or head pain persist.
Do You Need Treatment?
Don’t let your jaw joint troubles lead to painful aches and jaw pain, talk to our team about treatment and undergo a diagnosis. For more information on our preventive treatments for TMJ disorder and teeth grinding, then please contact our team today. To schedule a visit with Dr. Barbour, contact Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).