Did you know that about 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches? Recurring headaches can be a real detriment to your everyday comfort and quality of life. If you’ve failed to find lasting relief with medication, you may need to consider your jaw as the source of your headaches.
Your jaw joint, or TMJ, can be a primary contributor to jaw pain, neck tension and daily headaches. This joint, which is used repeatedly throughout the day, is surrounding by a host of nerves and muscles that can become irritated if the joint itself is inflamed or overused.
Why would your TMJ become overworked or irritated? Teeth grinding is a strong suspect. Those who grind or clench their teeth (bruxism) while they sleep often wake up with sore teeth, jaw pain and tension headaches. It is important to find a TMJ specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment for TMJ-related headaches – the best part, it won’t require taking daily pills!
At DNTL Hub, we understand the pain and suffering quality of life caused by your TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD) involves acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. This disorder and its resulting dysfunctional balance can cause significant pain and impairment.
Relieving your headaches caused by your TMJ may look different for each patient. For some, it may involve orthodontic treatment to change the relationship of your bite. For many others, it is as simple as wearing an oral appliance, or nightguard, to protect your teeth and jaw from the incredible forces of nightly teeth grinding.
Call DNTL Hub today to learn if you are a candidate for headache relief through TMJ treatment? We value your comfort at every stage of life, and we are keenly aware of the ways in which your teeth, gums and jaw can impact your overall well-being.