TMJ Disorders & Headache Treatment
Frequent headaches and pain or soreness in the neck and shoulders may be signs of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). The temporomandibular joints are joints on either side of the head that allow you to open and close your mouth and move your jaw from side to side. Trauma, disease and teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause problems with the TMJ and make it painful or difficult to chew and move the jaw.
TMD Diagnosis and Treatment
Denver area dentists Dr. Pollack and Dr. Phan at Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada provides advanced TMD diagnosis and treatment. He uses a revolutionary system called the T-Scan that takes the guesswork out of bite analysis. Instead of having to bite down on carbon paper, wax, or paste, a computerized bite plate measures and permanently records your bite characteristics. Dental exams, X-rays, and jaw studies may also be performed to evaluate the entire chewing system.
If the results confirm TMD, We offers several treatment options:
● medication for pain relief
● custom appliances
● occlusal splints
● special braces
Your dentist may also recommend physical therapy and dental restorations. We offer custom night guards to prevent teeth grinding (bruxism) to help your muscles recover. For teeth grinding and jaw clenching during the day, we offer splint therapy to stabilize the bite. Surgery is typically reserved for severe or lifethreatening cases or if conservative treatments fail.
Part of TMD treatment addresses headaches and migraines. Because TMJ and jaw problems affect the nerves, they can also cause frequent headaches and migraines. Headaches often disappear when jaw disorders are corrected.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms of TMD, see Dr. Pollack or Dr. Phan right away:
• Clicking or popping sounds when you open/close your mouth
• Facial pain and tenderness
• Sore muscles
• Worn or loose teeth