ARE YOU ONE OF the 30 million Americans suffering from constant headaches and migraines? If so, we may be able to help. Some experts say the majority of headaches—as many as 95%—are connected to dental issues.
Surprised? Well, let us explain: when your teeth don’t fit together properly, your jaw joint is constantly strained trying to put your bite in alignment. Soon, not only your jaw is tired and sore, but also all the surrounding muscle systems: your neck, back, head and face.
TMJ And TMD
The joint that takes care of jaw movement (including biting, grinding, and talking) is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The balance of your jaw and all the surrounding muscles, tendons and bones is delicate. When something messes up this balance, we call it TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.
Usually, TMJ disorders show up as:
- Popping or clicking when you open your jaw
- Trouble opening your jaw
- Chronic headaches
- Sore neck muscles
- Facial pain
Causes And Treatments
TMD can be caused by all kinds of things: trauma like an auto accident, grinding your teeth at night, or just impaired development. That’s why our TMJ treatment methods are varied, and specific to each patient. The solution may be as simple as a night guard for your teeth, or it may require some orthodontic adjustment from our team.
Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we’re experienced with treating TMJ disorders. If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, talk to us about your treatment options. We can analyze your bite and work with you to find a treatment method that helps.