Do Headaches Mean TMJ Disorder?

If you have chronic headaches, this can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Instead of living with the discomfort or trying to get through it with over-the-counter pain relievers, why not seek out the root cause? Often, persistent head pain is linked to a jaw joint problem known as TMJ disorder (TMD).

Head Pain and TMD

TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joints undergo excessive strain, eventually leading to problems fully opening and closing the mouth. Patients with the disorder report a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches, but also a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, facial pain, and aches in the jaw, neck, and shoulders.

Causes and Possible Treatment Options

Causes can range rom tooth loss and misalignment to injury to the face or jaw. Stress is often a factor as well. When we assess the cause and severity of the problem, we can recommend the appropriate treatment option. For example, orthodontics or restorations can often be used to correct the bite’s balance and ease strain on the jaw joints. However, the most common treatment option is an oral appliance. Similar to a nightguard, the custom-made device is worn at night and repositions the jaw to reduce strain on the joints and stop uncomfortable TMJ-related symptoms.

Link to Bruxism

If you grind your teeth or clench them on a regular basis, you could be suffering from bruxism. Teeth grinding has been known to lead to TMJ disorder, and likewise, TMJ disorder can make teeth grinding more likely. Bruxism is a danger to your oral health not just due to its link to TMD, but also because teeth grinding can eventually damage your teeth and increase the risk of serious complications. Fortunately, an oral appliance can help prevent further damage and reduce the risk of grinding episodes.

Do You Have TMD?

Our team can help TMJ sufferers with an oral appliance. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.


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