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.
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 Mouthguard – 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 mouthguard 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.