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 discomfort can result in a headache, jaw pain, or pounding/crushing pain. Additionally, this can also lead to neck and back issues, as your body tries to compensate.