A painful headache can bring your day to a halt. What causes sudden and lasting head discomfort? In many cases, common dental health issues, including TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) can lead to this problem. Fortunately, treatment options exist for easing discomfort and addressing these issues.
TMJ Headache Quiz
- True or False: Jaw strain can lead to TMJ disorder.
- True or False: Bruxism is a common factor behind head pain.
- True or False: You can potentially reduce your symptoms with simple lifestyle changes.
- True or False: An oral appliance can address both TMJ disorder and bruxism.
- True. When our jaw joints become stressed, often as a result of malocclusion, missing teeth, and trauma, TMJ disorder can develop. This issue causes a number of uncomfortable symptoms and can eventually make opening and closing the mouth difficult. Also known as TMD, this disorder may cause frequent headaches.
- True. Also known as teeth grinding, bruxism occurs as a result or trauma or anxiety. Patients can eventually damage their teeth, wearing them down or causing chips and fractures. This increases the risk of decay and infection. Symptoms include head pain.
- True. Easing day-to-day stress can reduce the risk of bruxism. In addition, avoiding hard or chewy foods can ease jaw strain and decrease symptoms of both TMD and teeth grinding.
- True. To treat either of these problems, we can provide an oral appliance. Used in TMJ therapy, this device eases jaw tension by repositioning the joints. The appliance also stops the upper and lower teeth from touching, which ends episodes of bruxism. We will make sure the device fits you comfortably and you will wear it during sleep. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office today. We want to improve your oral health and stop your chronic headaches!
About Your Livonia Dentist:
James R. Stewart, Jr, DDS, PC 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.