Headaches and TMJ

Headaches and TMJ pain are very closely related!  

 Jaw pain can impact your life greatly! If you suffer from jaw pain and headaches there are treatment options and solutions.  Along with the impact of the pain from TMJ dysfunction,  grinding and clenching can also cause periodontal disease, tooth loss, broken teeth even root canal treatment.  There are many options for treatment, TMJ can be treated!

There are many signs and symptoms for TMJ dysfunction including headaches:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Headache (particularly in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine (particularly in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
Causes of TMJ include
  • grinding, clenching
  • life stress
  • dental restorations not adjusted properly- “filling or crown feels “high” in the bite”
  • structural issues within the jaw
  • trauma
  • excessive gum chewing or nail biting or chewing on pens etc
  • lack of overbite
  • degeneration joint disease, fybromyalgia, Myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome
  • lack of overbite or an open bite

Treatment!

There are many options both traditional and alternative

  • adjusting improper dental restorations (ie crowns, fillings etc)
  • bite splints- both over the counter or prescribed just for you!
  • massage therapy (yes! it is a wonderful excuse to get a massage- both whole body and targeted
  • physical therapy in extreme cases
  • ice the joint, NSAID’s like motrin, advil, ibuprofen
  • orthodontics
  • in very extreme cases- surgery
  • decrease life stress
  • anti depressants, muscle relaxers
If you have any issues with TMJ and would like a consultation with us please call!
734.485.2200
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