Headaches and TMJ: How your dentist can help | Dentist in Grande Prairie, Alberta
Your dentist can help you with more than just fillings and cleanings. If you are suffering from the following symptoms, we may be able to help:
- Pain in the TMJ, or jaw joint area
- Migraines or tension headaches
- Sore neck
- Chipped or broken teeth
Bruxism-grinding of the teeth either at night or during the day- can be a contributing factor to many of these issues. Many people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw, but are experiencing pain in the TMJ area, neck or face. Malalignment of the teeth and/or jaw can also cause similar discomforts. If left untreated, the pain will continue to worsen, and may lead to teeth being permanently damaged or lost as a result.
First of all, if it is determined that bruxism is the root cause of the pain, we recommend a nightguard to act as a cushion between your top and bottom teeth to minimize any further damage. We will take an impression of your teeth using a mold, which will be sent to a lab where your own custom nightguard will be created. Nightguards created for you in a dental are far superior to store bought “boil and bite” ones, which don’t fit as securely. Professionally made nightguards can also be worn during the day to help remind you not to clench your jaw.
Relaxation techniques are also an important part of treating TMJ disorders and associated neck, facial pain and headaches. Increased stress levels can cause tension in many areas of the body and contribute to bruxism. Feel free to speak with Dr. Boisson about any stressors you may be facing and to discuss ways of helping you relax.
The causes of TMJ related pain can often be multi-factorial. If malalignment of the jaw is an issue, orthodontics or surgery may be necessary. We will give you a full evaluation to determine the appropriate course of action to help restore your mouth to a healthy, balanced state and alleviate your discomfort. Contact us today at 587-771-7668 if you are experiencing TMJ pain and headaches so we can get started on your treatment plan.