Do you suffer from headaches every day?
Do you have recurring headaches that have no apparent cause?
Do you often wake up with ear, neck or facial pain?
Do you frequently wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or migraine headache?
If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, your symptoms could be caused by a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMJ headaches are often overlooked or misdiagnosed by physicians. Many people suffer unknowingly from Temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
They don’t think to mention these symptoms to their dentist because they are not typically associated with dental health problems.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder is the term used to define a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves.
Dr. Jacob Grapevine has extensive post-graduate training and experience diagnosing and treating TMJ with therapy treatments. We can create a personalized treatment plan for patients who suffer from TMJ headaches, to eliminate pain and prevent the wear of teeth.
Schedule a dental exam today at our Plano dentist office if you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder related headaches.
TMJ and Headaches
Many physicians and patients don’t link dental problems or TMJ disorders with headaches. Headaches caused by dental problems often result from malocclusion or unbalanced bite. The headaches may result from teeth clenching or teeth grinding, which often occurs during sleep, causing the headache or migraine to occur in the morning.
Signs and symptoms of TMD include:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches
Our dentist in Plano, TX, Dr. Grapevine, takes the time with each patient to perform a thorough exam of the entire occlusal system. He looks for signs of unusual wear on the teeth and gums that may indicate that the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is out of balance.
Improper bite alignment and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems can cause pain as well as deterioration of teeth and supporting structures. It can lead to tooth grinding, which frequently occurs during sleep and puts pressure on the TMJ, resulting in the head, ear and radiating pain a patient may experience.
Dr. Grapevine uses some of the latest in dental technology to evaluate the bite and devise a customized treatment plan. Often a mouthguard is prescribed as part of the plan. The custom fit mouthguard is worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and allow the TMJ to relax.
Teeth grinding can lead to other dental health issues such as gum disease or can damage the teeth. Teeth grinding is a common symptom of TMD and the use of a mouth guard can often bring welcome relief to a patient suffering from headaches and other symptoms.
Contact Dr. Grapevine at Signature Dentistry in Plano, TX, to schedule a consultation today.