This is a chronic condition, in which headaches (particularly among female patients), a stiff neck, sore jaw muscles or tinnitus (constant or intermittent ringing in your ears) are common symptoms. About 90% of the population suffers from run-of-the-mill tension headaches. When these headaches are caused by TMJ, the pain originates from the jaw, the jaw joint, and surrounding muscles. Usually this occurs as a result of clenching or grinding teeth. It is a problem that occurs in about a third of the adult population and most sufferers tend to be between 20 and 40 years old.
Even though headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ/TMD are not life threatening, the pain can be unbearable. With our dental care services, we can alleviate the pain and the other issues that develop from this disorder. Constant grinding of the teeth wears down the enamel over time. This causes the teeth to be more susceptible to dental caries. Since the grinding and clenching usually occurs during sleep, some people may not even be aware of the problem even though they are experiencing the symptoms. If your grinding at night is causing damage to your teeth, your dentist may recommend you to be fitted for a custom nightguard.Book online
There is a series of tests which can ascertain whether or not TMJ/TMD is causing your headaches. These tests will also show if you have TMJ/TMD. If the tests show that you do have this disorder, our dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help eliminate or lessen the pain and address the grinding and clenching. One simple and non-invasive option is the administration at the clinic of botox muscle-relaxant injections to take the strain and pressure off your clenching jaw.
Our comprehensive dental practice is made up of a team who believes in providing great dental care with adherence to the highest standards and ideals. TMJ/TMD is a correctable disorder and with the right treatment plan in place you should experience improvements in headache-related pain. The dentists at Dame Street Dental will work to successfully mitigate the discomfort you experience with this troublesome condition. We understand how treatment helps you find relief from your current discomfort and will help you to maintain great dental health in the future.
If your jaw pain is interfering with your life, please don’t suffer in silence, but reach out and contact our practice.