We Treat TMJ Disorder And Chronic Headaches
If you experience constant headaches that evade relief from traditional sources such as over-the-counter pain pills, your oral health could be contributing to your condition. By speaking with your dentist, we could help determine if migraines, chronic headaches, or other consistent pain are due to misalignment with your bite or a TMJ disorder. When the temporomandibular joints of your jaw are damaged, the stress can trigger your trigeminal nerve, leading to significant pain. After identifying the cause of your pain, we can provide a therapeutic approach that brings your jaw into alignment, alleviating stress on its joints.
When your temporomandibular joints are healthy, they move comfortably in coordination with one another as you bite, speak, and chew. However, any problem that disrupts this coordination can lead to chronic discomfort that quickly reduces your quality of life. While the causes of TMJ disorder are diverse, they present common symptoms that can lead to a successful diagnosis. They include, but are not limited to:
- Popping and clicking sound when moving the jaw
- Chronic migraines and headaches
- Inability to fully open or close your mouth
- Pain and ringing in your ears
We can examine the movement of your jaw to determine the best approach for your TMJ therapy. We find many patients benefit from wearing an oral appliance that gently glides the lower jaw into a more comfortable position while asleep. This relieves pressure placed on the joints at night and subsequent pain that leads to chronic headaches. We could also suggest treatments to bring your bite into alignment including orthodontics, bridges, or dental crowns. For advanced diagnosis and results, we offer TruDenta® non-surgical treatment to identify and target the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder.
By discussing your headaches with your dentist, we can help determine if you experience TMJ disorder. Our therapeutic approach aims to relieve the stress placed on the joints of your jaw and reduce your pain. To learn more about this service, or to schedule a consultation, talk to a member of our team at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in Houston, TX, at (281) 974-4494.