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Headaches and Jaw Pain or TMJ

We may be able to help relieve your headaches or jaw pain.

We may be able to help relieve your headaches or jaw pain.

Headaches and jaw pain can be a result of grinding or clenching of teeth or it may be associated with TMJ disorder. Special custom-made splints have a very high success rate in helping with this condition.

TMJ disorder is a condition affecting temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Your TMJ helps with the movements of the jaw such as chewing and biting.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • A painful joint is the most common symptom. It is usually present along with pain in the neck and shoulders. Pain can be associated with or without jaw movements.
  • The clicking of joint.
  • The change or shifting of the bite.
  • Inability to open the jaw wide or jaw may shift to one side while opening.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Nausea, dizziness, headaches, ear pain, ringing in ear and swelling of the face.

Treatment of TMJ Disorder

  1. Orthodontics: The majority of TMJ disorders are a result of severe dental crowding or a bad bite. Correcting the bite usually guides the joint to the most comfortable position. Very rarely do TMJ disorders require surgery.
  2. Splints: Special splints along with a soft diet for a few days work well in a few cases to settle TMJ disorder.
  3. Occlusal adjustments: Occlusal interferences can result in the jaw getting displaced. Correcting the occlusal interferences can prevent the displacement and provides relief.
  4. Surgical treatment: If TMJ disorder is suspected from structural damage and splint/occlusal adjustments did not provide much relief, then a referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be given for assessment.

If you’re living with headaches or TMJ discomfort, contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help!