What is TMJ/TMD?
For some people, oral pain comes as the result of tooth decay or gum disease. But for others, jaw problems can be the source of significant discomfort. If you’ve been suffering from TMJ or TMD, dentists may be able to help. Many dentists make it part of their practice to address issues relating to headaches, jaw pain and misalignment.
Sometimes, a “bad bite” or what is technically referred to as malocclusion can contribute to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). In other words, when your teeth are misaligned they may put an added strain on the head and neck muscles, joints and teeth.. When your muscles are overloaded, they compensate by constantly contracting. These contractions lead to muscle spasm, pain, soreness. This can result in a headache, jaw pain, or pounding/crushing pain. This can also lead to neck and back issues, as your body tries to compensate.
So, how do you know if you have a headache as a result of a bad bite or if you’re experiencing some other problem, such as sleep issues, arthritis, other medical issues?
By evaluating you from your feet to your head, we’ll do our best to determine the cause of your symptoms and treat your pain accordingly, or work with the right healthcare provider to get you the best results possible. Headaches and jaw pain can be something simple, or something complex. Understanding cause can help determine this.
Why you need a comfortable bite
If you are diagnosed with a ‘Bad Bite’ or TMJ/TMD we often start treatment by fitting you with a temporary stabilization appliance. This can help determine the cause of your issues, and help to understand the prognosis, or if we need to dig a little deeper.
Once you have a diagnosis, we can begin to correct the cause in the most conservative way possible. This sometimes means we need to create a team of healthcare providers around you. An open mind often allows us to see where the problem is coming from … and sometimes it is not dental! Identifying cause is the most important step. Regardless of who you choose to see, an accurate diagnosis is critical.
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