Do you suffer from…
- Tension in the jaw joints, teeth clenching or teeth grinding?
- Pain in the temples or back of the head?
- Morning headaches?
- Pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back?
- Migraine headaches?
Every year, millions of Americans miss work, make countless visits to the doctor and overspend on pain relievers because of frequent headaches. What many people don’t realize is that some headaches, especially those that occur upon waking are caused by TMJ dysfunction. These types of headaches are often successfully treated and many times cured by a qualified dentist through simple dental procedures and splint therapy.
What Causes Headaches?
Many common causes for headache include stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and neurological disorders. Malocclusion (unbalanced bite) and TMJ dysfunction (TMD) are headache symptoms that are often missed by physicians and dentists.
When the teeth do not make proper contact and the jaws are not in proper alignment, it creates stress and tension in the muscles and face, causing headaches to occur. Tension in the jaw and mouth throughout the day also contributes to chronic headaches and migraines.
Are Your Headaches Caused By TMJ Dysfunction?
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ dysfunction. The reason TMJ headaches often occur in the morning is because of teeth clenching and teeth grinding that occurs while you sleep.
TMJ Headache Therapy
Dr. Dever will perform a bite analysis to evaluate your jaw joints and determine if your headaches are caused by TMJ dysfunction. Treatment for TMJ headaches can range from simple oral appliance therapy, using a night guard or splint, to advanced bite correction therapy which involves reshaping the teeth so that they make proper contact.
If you experience frequent headaches and migraines, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation today. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your headaches are caused by TMJ dysfunction and you can be well on your way to much needed relief.