Have you ever heard of TMJ disorder? Also known as TMD, this widespread jaw joint disorder could lead to uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches or even a popping sensation in the jaw. In order to treat headaches and TMJ-related symptoms in Kansas City, MO, we may suggest a custom oral appliance. How does our TMJ specialist tackle headaches with a custom oral splint?

TMJ Disorder and Head Pain

TMJ disorder occurs when our temporomandibular joints experience serious strain. The pressure leads to difficulties opening and closing the mouth, as well as a full host of uncomfortable symptoms. The causes of your strain may include missing teeth, bite imbalance, misalignment, bruxism (teeth grinding), and injury to the face or jaw. People with the disorder often report headaches, as well as a popping or crackling sensation in the teeth, jaw pain, and aches in the neck or shoulders. If you begin to experience regular head pain, then you may need to see your Kansas City, MO, TMJ specialist.

The Teeth Grinding Connection

Often, patients who grind their teeth at night will be more likely to experience the onset of TMJ disorder. Likewise, untreated TMJ disorder could mean a greater likelihood of teeth grinding. When we grind our teeth, this places enormous pressure on the teeth. As this wears down tooth enamel, the pressure could also crack and chip the teeth. Patients may be more likely to develop tooth decay and infection. As we examine your smile to assess your TMJ troubles, we will also watch for the indicators of bruxism, as we may be able to address teeth grinding with a TMJ appliance.

Treating Your TMJ Troubles

We begin with an exam. We will want to look at the wear and friction on your teeth, and using advanced technology, we also examine your jaw joints. We will then be able to pinpoint the cause and assess the severity of your TMD. Treatment will vary, as some patients benefit from new restorations or even orthodontic treatment to correct misalignment. However, most patients benefit from an oral appliance. Custom-made, the device will be worn at night and fits like a mouthguard. The device actually repositions the jaw to ease strain. If you also grind your teeth, then the device will place a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage. Over time, the device helps stop your TMJ-related symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns about treatment, then please contact our team today.


At Bailey Dental Care, we have preventive and general care to stop head pain and other warning signs of TMJ disorder. To learn more about our preventive care, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.