It takes a qualified dentist to properly diagnose and successfully treat TMJ. Smilecreator of Naples has helped many find relief who have suffered from this condition. If you have been experiencing pain in your jaw or even more frequent headaches, you may need a proper assessment.
The severe headache pain that appears to be a migraine could be caused by problems with your teeth or jaw. If you’re suffering from headaches, especially if they appear first thing in the morning, then consult your dentist as there are numerous things that can be done to control the pain.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) - This condition occurs when the upper and lower jawbones are misaligned (often referred to as TMJ pain). Teeth clash and muscles strain as our mouths perform their daily functions, such as talking, chewing and yawning. Extremely painful headaches can result from this mismatch of the upper and lower jaw.
Teeth Grinding - When we're under stress, we grind our teeth subconsciously, especially at night. As well as weakening your teeth so that they are more vulnerable to cracks and sensitivity, the tension created by the grinding can cause a painful headache which can easily be confused with a migraine.
Jaw Clenching - All sorts of strong emotions force us to clench our jaw whether we are aware of it or not. As with teeth grinding, the tension generated between the jaw bones creates muscular trauma that causes migraines and dental headaches.
Waking up first thing in the morning with a migraine or severe headache can be a sign that you have been grinding your teeth during the night. Abnormally sensitive teeth are also a sign that you have been teeth grinding. The pain often extends to the ears and sinus areas as well as behind your eyes.
If The Reason For Your Dental Migraine is TMD, Your Symptoms Can Include:
If your headache is caused by grinding your teeth or jaw clenching your dentist can fit what is known as an occlusal splint (worn during the day) or a mouth guard (worn during the night). This is made of hard or soft plastic that is fitted to your teeth and provides a barrier between the upper and lower jaw, preventing you from grating and clenching.
To treat TMD, splints and guards are also used to correct the misaligned bite. A dental assessment is performed and some teeth can be filed down, crowns can be re-fitted and if need be, teeth can be extracted to improve the patient's bite.