Do you experience migraines, headaches or pain in your jaw, neck or shoulders? It could be time to see a dentist. Why? Well, believe it or not, your teeth could be affecting your day to day health, especially if you have headaches consistently that you can’t figure out where they are coming from. If you have tried everything, and nothing seems to be working, talk to Dr. L and his expert team today to see how you can get the help you need.
How Does My Headache Come From My Teeth?
Everything in your body is connected. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that if you are having headaches, your teeth may be involved. Why might your teeth be involved? TMJ. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, happens for a variety of reasons, the main one being complications from the temporomandibular joint. TMJ can also come from issues with the jaw muscles and nerves on one or both sides of the head.
Fortunately with Dr. Lowrance and his experienced team at the Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, you can get the relief you need. As a highly skilled TMJ dentist, Dr. L will assess your jaw function and provide customized TMJ treatment plan to not only restore your mouth to a healthy state, but also alleviate any discomfort caused by TMJ.
How Do I Know If I Have TMJ?
The following are a few symptoms of an issue with your TMJ and if you find yourself with any or all of these symptoms, contact a dental professional right away.
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
- Ear pain when using your jaw
- Frequent tension headaches
- Jaws that get stuck or ‘lock’ when trying to open or close your mouth
- Limited range of jaw motion (i.e. can’t open your mouth very far)
- Misaligned, worn or chipped teeth
- Pain, swelling or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders
Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is common. Patients often wander between physicians and specialists depending on the location of the symptoms without finding relief.
How Do I Fix My TMJ?
There are several options available to you if you have TMJ. The best way to find the one that works best for you is by talking to your Corpus Christi dentist, Dr. Lowrance. He will recommend one of the following solutions for your dental issues:
- Coronoplasty (occlusal equilibration) to remove obstructions or interferences that cause a misaligned or ‘bad’ bite;
- Construction of a neuromuscular orthotic to align the lower jaw and put it back where it belongs;
- Neuromuscular therapy and treatment;
- Chiropractic therapy;
- Lastly and most rarely, surgery when irreversible damage has occurred in the TMJ.
Contact a Corpus Christi Dentist Today
To learn more about TMJ in Corpus Christi, please contact the Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today at (361) 851-8274.