When you have a jaw joint disorder, this pressure and strain could lead to painful symptoms throughout your head and face. Chronic headaches or migraines are often reported! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist looks at how we diagnose and treat these disorders to bring our patients relief from their persistent headaches.
Symptoms of Trouble
When you have chronic headaches or migraines, you should let us know as this could be tied to a jaw joint disorder. Other warning signs could include aches in the neck, shoulders, and face. Pain in the jaw is common, as is a crackling or popping sensation in the jaw. People may also report tooth sensitivity and toothaches, especially if they grind their teeth. When you have persistent pain in your face, head, and neck, then let us know so we can perform a diagnosis with digital technology and identify the factors behind your pain. From there, we can create a treatment plan to return your smile to optimal comfort and function.
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, occurs when the jaw joints undergo immense pressure. This could lead to discomfort, and eventually trouble opening and closing the mouth fully. Bruxism is chronic teeth grinding that occurs almost nightly, placing major pressure on the teeth and even tracking or chipping them in some cases, making the risk of tooth decay and dental infection more likely. These disorders could be caused by high levels of stress and anxiety, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, misalignment, malocclusion, or other factors that upset the balance of the bite and strain the joints. To avoid painful symptoms and poor oral health, let us know when you experience the symptoms we’ve discussed so far.
For some, we may recommend an approach using medications, or muscle exercises to ease strain and tension. In rare cases, surgery is needed or missing teeth may need replacement with dental implants. However, the most common solution is a noninvasive oral appliance. The appliance is crafted based on digital images and measurements taken of your smile. We use these to design and create an oral appliance that looks and fits like a mouthguard. Worn as you sleep, the device repositions the smile to ease tension and strain, and also places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage. If you have any questions, then contact our team today. You can see us soon to use your 2021 dental benefits before they expire!
Do You Have Questions About Preventing Headaches?
Addressing your TMD could bring relief for chronic migraines. If you want to learn about how we treat issues like bruxism, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.