Headaches and TMJ DysfunctionTemporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) involve the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw and skull. Headaches, particularly those occurring in the morning, are a common sign of TMJ disorders, which can be caused by clenching and grinding teeth during sleep.
Symptoms of TMJ headaches include:
- Migraine headache
- Pain in the temporal region
- Shoulder pain, neck pain, or pain in the rear of the head
- Teeth clenching and grinding
How Norge Dental Center Can Help Lessen Your Frequent HeadachesYour teeth should never be a source of pain for you, which is why Norge Dental Center puts an emphasis on our patients’ comfort. To correct or manage possible TMJ headaches, we work with you to determine the best solution for you.
- TMJ Mouthguard: Depending on your situation, your dentist might prescribe an oral device known as a bruxism appliance, or a TMJ mouthguard. This removable mouthguard is worn while you sleep and works to protect against grinding and clenching at night.
- Bite Correction: Bite correction is another option for handling TMJ headaches, as it works to ensure proper contact between your upper and lower teeth. Bite correction may entail the use of dental crowns, orthodontics, equilibration techniques, and bridges.