One of the most common signs of a TMJ disorder is headaches, especially recurring morning headaches. If you experience frequent headaches, be sure to mention them at your next visit to Edgewater Dental Arts. Dr. John Cutting can evaluate your masticatory system to determine if a dental condition like TMJ or occlusal disease is responsible for your headaches.
About Headaches and TMJ Dysfunction
When the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) don’t operate smoothly and/or when the teeth don’t make proper contact, it can cause stress and tension in the face which often leads to headaches or a feeling of tightness in the facial muscles.
Often times, teeth grinding contributes to TMJ headaches, making it important to see a dentist who can address the entire issue rather than individual symptoms.
TMJ Headache Therapy
During your visit at Edgewater Dental Arts, Dr. Cutting will evaluate your bite and TMJ function. Patients who show signs of instability or complain of headaches or other symptoms may undergo additional evaluation to determine the source of the problem. There are many treatments for TMJ dysfunction and occlusal disorder including oral appliance therapy (mouth guard), orthodontics, and bite correction procedures.