If you have reoccurring headaches, then a jaw joint disorder may be responsible. TMJ disorder, also referred to a TMD, is a widespread oral health issue that could lead to headaches and jaw pain. In today’s blog, we’re talking about how your Gladstone, MO, TMJ specialist identifies and treats TMD, and when you should schedule an appointment.

Headaches and TMD

TMJ disorder develops when the jaw joints undergo excessive strain. Since these joints control the movement needed to eat or speak, the disorder may eventually cause problems opening and closing the mouth. People with the disorder often report regular headaches, as well as jaw pain, aches in the face, neck, or shoulders, and a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. The causes of the strain may vary, could be the result of tooth loss, misalignment, bite imbalance, teeth grinding, stress, and injury to the face or jaw. If you begin to experience the symptoms we’ve mentioned above, then see us for a diagnosis.

Possible Treatment Options

Our team will carefully examine the jaw joints, as well as the teeth and oral structures, for possible signs of tension, wear, or friction. If we find signs of TMD, then we may take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile to create a custom-made oral appliance. Fitting much like a mouthguard, the device will be worn at night and helps reposition the jaw, easing the strain on the joints. If you grind your teeth as well, the device places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage to your smile. Other possible options to relieve strain include creating and placing a custom-made oral appliance, or using orthodontics to correct the position of the teeth and ease strain and bite imbalance.

The Dangers of Ignoring Your TMD Symptoms

As we mentioned above, lack of treatment could mean the disorder makes fully opening and closing the mouth difficult, causing serious problems when you eat or speak, as well as major discomfort. If you also grind your teeth as a result of TMJ disorder, then the teeth could become worn down, cracked, or chipped, which increases the risk of tooth decay and infection and leads to serious complications. If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMJ disorder, or if you think you need a diagnosis, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Headaches?

If you have pain in your head and think TMJ disorder may be responsible, then let us know right away. To learn more about our preventive treatment options and solutions for TMD and teeth grinding, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.