Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are bite disorders that can cause headaches, toothaches, and jaw pain. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the skull to the lower jaw. Pressure or injury to these joints can lead to TMD. Many patients can experience sudden headaches because of TMD. Pain in the temporomandibular joints can affect the face and forehead. The pressure and pain on these joints also often change the bite. Patients with TMD headaches can feel jaw pain and a difference in their bite. Our office addresses these disorders and treats TMD headaches in Columbus, GA. We work with patients to find the exact source of their TMD pain.
Along with chronic headaches and migraines, patients can also experience these symptoms with TMD:
- Sore jaw
- Facial pain and aches
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Difficulty or pain when eating
- Toothaches and tooth pain
- Lockjaw, or locking the jaw joint when eating or yawning
- Worn or broken tooth enamel
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
Please contact our office if you experience these symptoms alongside chronic headaches. TMD headaches do not typically go away on their own, and patients need to receive treatment to alleviate their symptoms. Professional care makes it possible for patients to enjoy their daily life again without TMD headaches.
How to Treat TMD Headaches in Columbus, GA
Patients who have chronic headaches and also clench and grind their teeth may benefit from customized nightguards. These oral appliances are hard acrylic mouthguards that cover the upper or lower row of teeth. Our office takes a thorough approach to care. We will take digital x-rays and scans of your teeth and jaw to create your nightguard. Additionally, we will ensure that the nightguard fits comfortably when it is complete. We can make small adjustments to the nightguard so that all of your teeth evenly apply pressure. Wearing a nightguard during sleep stops bruxism and relieves pressure in the jaw. Nightguards also stop tooth wear which can damage the natural tooth structure.
We can also recommend physical therapy for patients with TMD. During physical therapy, patients learn exercises to release tension in the face and jaw. These exercises can reduce headaches and other TMD symptoms. Additionally, eating soft foods for several weeks can alleviate pressure on the jaw joints. Hard and crunchy foods often worsen TMD symptoms and create jaw pain and discomfort.
Do you think you have a TMJ disorder? Are you finding yourself waking up with a headache? Schedule your next dental appointment on our website. You can also feel free to call (706) 407-4851. Let us know if you have questions about your symptoms or treatment options for TMD. We are always here to help you get the care you need.