People suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder (TMJ/TMD) often experience headaches and jaw pain. Even though about ninety percent of the general population suffers from tension headaches from time to time, headaches caused by TMJ/TMD are much different. The pain originates in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Clenching and grinding teeth are often the cause. Nearly one-third of the adult population in the United States suffers from TMJ/TMD related headaches. People ranging from 20 to 40 years old are most often the ones dealing with this disorder.
Unfortunately, many people experiencing this pain are not even aware of the fact that they are contributing to it since the grinding and clenching is most likely happening while they are sleeping. The constant grinding also has the effect of wearing down the enamel on the teeth which in turn creates more opportunity for cavities to develop. The sound of teeth grinding often disturbs sleeping partners. Resulting headaches, though not life threatening, can be excruciating. Proper diagnosis and general dentistry can help alleviate the pain as well as the other dental issues accompanying the disorder.
Jaw Pain Relief
There are tests available that can confirm whether or not you are suffering with TMJ/TMD. After testing results are reviewed, Dr. Frederick will consult with you regarding the next steps. He will work with you to create a treatment plan, the goal of which will be to lessen the headaches and grinding.
You do not need to suffer with pain caused by TMJ/TMD. This disorder responds well to the right treatment. Your headaches should improve and the grinding and clenching that you are experiencing now should diminish with treatment. If you believe that your headaches could be due to TMJ/TMD issues, contact us today to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Frederick and get on the road to recovery.