Headache Pain? Visit Your Dentist

Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 10:26 pm

Do you experience headaches on a regular basis? Many people who have frequent, painful headaches spend years visiting doctors trying to find the reason for their pain. The true cause of your headache pain might not be in your head — it could be in your jaw.

The temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) is one of the most complex joints in the body. Not only does it move up and down, but from side to side and front to back. If you think about the workout that our jaw joints get on a daily basis from eating, talking, yawning, etc. it is amazing we don’t have more problems with this joint.

When the jaw joint is damaged or inflamed the pain can be experienced in several ways. Headaches are common symptoms. Some patients experience jaw pain, neck pain, ear pain or stuffiness as well as clicking sounds in the joint. Damage to the joint may come from an accident, from an improper bite or from grinding the teeth. Fortunately, most TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) symptoms can be resolved by a dentist with training in dealing with these problems.

Teeth grinding can cause TMJ pain and it can also lead to wearing down of the teeth or breaking teeth. Fortunately, a custom bite splint can protect your jaw and teeth from further damage and can relieve the pain that accompanies this condition.

IF jaw problems are caused by a poor bite then old dental restorations may need to be replaced or adjusted to place the bite in proper position. Once the optimal bite has been achieved the muscles surrounding the jaw joint will be able to relax and painful symptoms will ease.

Find out more about TMJ symptoms and treatments by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.


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