Is TMJ Disorder Behind Your Frequent Headaches?


Do you find yourself suffering from frequent headaches without an obvious cause? In some cases, unexplained headaches may be a symptom of a serious dental issue. In the United States, over ten million people exhibit the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Your Livonia general dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses the causes and symptoms of TMJ disorder.

What is TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joints connect your jaw to the skull. Without these jaw joints, eating and speaking would be impossible. Unfortunately, the jaw joints can become strained, often due to trauma, malocclusion, or bruxism (teeth grinding). When a person develops TMJ disorder, he/she may notice a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Popping or clicking in the jaw
  • Neck and facial pain
  • Toothaches or tooth sensitivity

Without treatment, eventually opening and closing the mouth can become difficult.

Treating TMJ Disorder

How do you stop TMJ disorder? First, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart. He will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw to uncover any indicators of TMJ dysfunction. Once he assesses the cause and extent of your jaw joint discomfort, Dr. Stewart will recommend the most appropriate treatment. In some cases, malocclusion can develop as a result of damaged or missing teeth. With restorative dentistry and dental prosthetics, Dr. Stewart can restore your smile and reduce TMJ symptoms. If bruxism is behind your TMJ issues, he may prescribe an oral appliance to realign the jaw and prevent the upper and lower teeth from touching. If you have any questions or concerns regarding TMJ headaches or other dental problems, contact Dr. Stewart today.

Talk to Your Livonia General Dentist

Do you find yourself experience one or more of the symptoms we discussed above? If you would to ask your Livonia general dentist about out treatment options for ending TMJ-related headaches, contact our office today. James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.