If you suffer from chronic headaches especially when waking up in the morning you may be experiencing TMJ related headaches. Dr. Weinstock is highly trained and experienced in TMJ disorders and can offer treatment for patients who suffer from the debilitating symptoms of TMJ.
Often misdiagnosed, TMJ headaches can be resolved through comprehensive treatment planning at our Philadelphia, PA dentist office. Dr. Weinstock has special experience diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from TMJ headaches and migraines.
Symptoms of TMJ Headaches
Frequent headaches are one of the most common side effects of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Often a result of clenching and grinding of the teeth during sleep, TMJ can begin to affect a patient’s quality of life and compromise their oral health. Other signs that could indicate TMJ headaches are:
- Facial pain
- Tenderness or soreness in the jaw
- Pain in the neck or shoulders
- Frequent migraines
- Grinding teeth
- Clenching of jaw
Whatever the cause of your TMJ, the results may include excessive tooth wear, clicking or grinding noises in the TM Joint, as well as pain or difficulty in opening or closing one’s mouth.
Many people grind and clench their teeth. These parafunctional habits can create headaches and tenderness of the jaw muscles and joints. Although stress is often a factor, these symptoms are usually related to problems with the jaw muscles and the jaw, or TM (Temporomandibular) Joint.
TMJ Headache Therapy
If you experience frequent headaches or facial pain or tenderness, Dr. Weinstock offers treatment options for the symptoms of TMJ. After a comprehensive exam of your oral health and analysis of your bite, Dr. Weinstock will build a treatment plan tailored to your unique dental concerns for the most effective treatment.
Dr. Weinstock may recommend a combination of treatments for long-term relief from TMJ and to protect your teeth and gums from future damage. Stress is a big factor when it comes to TMJ disorders. One way to help reduce your TMJ headaches is to incorporate stress management and relaxation techniques into your day.
TMJ disorders are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely, and treatment may take time to be effective. Dr. Weinstock can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
Treatment Options for TMJ Headaches
- TMJ Night Guard – Much like a sports mouthguard, a TMJ oral sleep device is a custom fabricated mouth piece worn during sleep. The comfortable and discreet sleep appliance realigns the bite during sleep and helps to protect teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching. The night guard will help reduce or prevent teeth grinding and clenching. Many patients find relief from headaches almost immediately after the start of use.
- Bite Correction – Headaches may be caused by an unbalance in the bite. Dr. Weinstock may recommend adjusting the bite using various cosmetic and restorative procedures such as dental crowns or dental implants.
TMJ Headache Therapy FAQs
Will I need oral surgery to alleviate TMJ headaches?
No. Oral surgery is usually reserved for patients with very severe symptoms and malocclusion. Most patients alleviate their symptoms with a night guard. Do not assume you need oral surgery without speaking to a dentist about your TMJ issues first.
How long does it take for TMJ to go away?
TMJ is such a dynamic disorder that there is no general timeline for treatment and results. Most patients have their symptoms alleviated right away after getting an oral appliance. Some patients live their whole lives with TMJ because their symptoms are very minor.
Can sleeping on your stomach cause TMJ?
Sleeping on your stomach is a contributor to TMJ disorders, but is not the root or sole cause of TMJ disorders. As mentioned above, there are many factors that can cause TMJ. The best position you can sleep in if you have TMJ is face up, on your back. This helps realign your jaw as you sleep.