Chronic headaches and jaw pain can be symptoms of a bite problem or temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Commonly called TMJ, a TMD is often the result of an imbalance in the bite which puts strain on the jaw joints causing painful symptoms. Atlanta dentist Dr. Maria Benefield offers diagnosis and treatment for frequent headaches and other signs of a bite disorder, restoring your dental health and alleviating debilitating symptoms.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
- Facial pain (often in the temporal region or sides of face)
- Pain in the neck and/or older shoulders
- Migraine, or migraine like headaches, especially in the morning
- Earache or feeling of fullness in the ears
Treatment for TMJ Headaches
Dr. Benefield will discuss your dental concerns and health history as well as perform a thorough dental exam before recommending appropriate treatment for TMJ and related symptoms. Treatment options include an oral appliance, such as a TMJ mouthguard, and/or bite correction therapy to address problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaw joints.
TMJ Mouthguard – Dr. Benefield may recommend a custom removable appliance that is worn during sleep or in stressful situations. The purpose of this conservative treatment is to reduce or prevent teeth grinding and clenching and therefore reduce the occurrence of chronic, TMJ related headaches.
Bite Correction – Headaches often result from an unbalanced bite. Dr. Benefield may recommend restorative treatments such as dental crowns, bonding or orthodontics to reshape the teeth and balance the bite.