Are you struggling with frequent headaches? Are they most commonly occurring when you wake up in the morning? This could be a sign of a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can cause headaches, migraines, and pain and tension throughout your facial area.
Dr. Drew Shulman is experienced in taking care of chronic headaches in the Northeast Philadelphia region. Our dentist office provides personalized treatment plans for each individual to make sure you’re getting the right treatment for your specific needs.
TMJ Disorders and Headaches in Northeast Philadelphia
TMJ disorders and headaches go hand in hand. We can help you diagnose if your chronic headaches are caused by this oral health problem. TMJ disorders are known to increase the frequency of your headaches and also make it more likely for your headaches to be full-on migraines.
One of the main causes of TMJ disorders is teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. This commonly occurs while you’re sleeping or subconsciously throughout the day without you realizing it. The pressure you create while clenching or grinding your teeth together impacts the muscles throughout your face and head, causing those headaches upon waking.
But TMJ disorders don’t just cause headaches. These symptoms may also be signs that you have a TMJ disorder:
- Soreness in the jaw
- Pain in your ears or neck
- Muscle spasms
- Clicking and popping sounds when you use your jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Limitations in using your lower jaw
- Broken or extremely worn teeth
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms with your headaches, it’s likely that it’s an oral health issue that’s causing you pain. Call our office to schedule a consultation so that we can start developing a personalized treatment plan for your TMJ problems.
Treating TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders are usually caused by things like clenching and grinding your teeth, stress, or an uneven bite. We’ll start by evaluating your condition and determining the root cause of your TMJ disorder. This helps to make sure we’re treating the core problem and not just taking care of the symptoms it causes.
Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes are all that’s needed to help with TMJ disorders. Various exercises and relaxation techniques can help you relax the muscles throughout your face and alleviate pain. However, more severe cases must be treated differently so that the disorder doesn’t cause permanent damage.
A professional bite analysis can be done to determine if your bite is uneven. This allows us to know where the imbalances are and identify the source of the problem. Typically, oral appliance therapy can be used to alleviate your symptoms.
In our office, we use the NTI-tss Plus™. It goes over your front teeth and is small and comfortable to wear while you’re sleeping. The device lessens muscle contractions in your head and face to help alleviate pain. It also keeps your back teeth from touching, eliminating clenching while you’re sleeping.
In severe cases, surgery may be required. This is only necessary if you have severe permanent damage or have jaw deformities.
Get Relief From Your Headaches In Our Office
Constant headaches can be extremely debilitating and impact your quality of life. Get the relief you need. Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started.