Did you know that TMJ disorder can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms and affects over ten million people in the United States? Can TMJ disorder cause headaches? Also known as TMD, this common jaw joint disorder can lead to difficulty opening and closing the mouth fully. Fortunately, comfortable and non-surgically treatment options are available.
TMJ Headache Quiz
- True or False: TMD occurs when the jaw joints become strained.
- True or False: Headaches are just one of several possible symptoms.
- True or False: Multiple factors can lead to jaw strain.
- True or False: We can address the issue with an oral appliance.
- True. Our temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to the skull, allowing us to eat and speak. However, when our jaws become stressed, these same motions can become difficult, leading to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
- True. In addition to headaches, patients may also experience jaw pain, earaches, neck and should aches, and toothaches. The jaw may also click and pop occasionally. If you encounter one or more of these warning signs, then you may need to talk to a dental professional.
- True. Why do our jaw joints become so stressed? Common factors behind TMD include bruxism (grinding teeth/clenching jaw chronically), injury to the jaw or face, malocclusion, and tooth loss. The cause of your jaw joint issues will determine the best course of treatment. For example, orthodontics can correct malocclusion and dental implants can replace lost teeth.
- True. How do we treat TMJ disorder? One of the more common options includes an oral appliance. Similar in appearance to a mouth guard, but more complex, patients wear the device at night while sleeping. The appliance repositions the jaw to ease strain and reduce symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office today.
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