March 15, 2017

The odd person you should tell about your headaches

Constant headaches that never seem to go away are definitely an added distraction making work, family life, and enjoying some alone time, that much harder.

A lot of people suffer from this type of headache — the one that seemingly happens without cause, and that no amount of pain medication can cure.

If you’re one of those people, you’re likely just as desperate for a solution as everyone else. And here it is: tell your dentist!

A dentist? Help with headache problems?

Choose an expert in TMD.

You might think telling a dentist about your headaches is odd. However, when there are issues with the temporomandibular joint (which is the hinge of your jaw) — headaches can be a major side effect. And the best person to see for treatment is a dentist who is qualified and trained in temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Select dentists have done extra training in understanding, diagnosing, and treating TMD — and doing it effectively.

How does TMD happen?

You’ve probably heard of TMJ, which is just the abbreviation of the jaw joint, but TMD is the actual disorder.

It can happen from trauma to the jaw (think getting hit in the face during a boxing match) which might seem like an obvious cause, but can also happen from less obvious things like braces!

If an orthodontist doesn’t take physiological science into account when straightening your teeth, your bite is likely to be misaligned and the surrounding facial muscles aren’t going to be happy about that.

When the bite is right, life is right.

Dr. James D. Powell who is an expert on TMD, says that the bite (the way that a person’s teeth come together) is a common denominator for many other problems.

A person can suffer from headaches, excessive wear on their teeth, and even poor posture when the teeth are not properly aligned and the facial muscles aren’t in the optimum position.

But how do you know if your headaches, or other problems, are a result of TMD? Let’s look at just a few of the symptoms. All of these are indicators that you may be dealing with TMD, even if you aren’t suffering from them all.

TMD Symptoms:

  • Pain in your face, jaw joints, neck, and shoulders
  • Ear pain
  • Issues when opening or closing your mouth
  • Locked jaws that either stay open or shut
  • Clicking noises from your jaw
  • Issues chewing
  • Swelling
  • Toothaches
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness

If any of these issues plague you, then it’s likely you have TMD and could use some expert treatment. The good thing is that with proper treatment, you can eliminate, or at the very least, mitigate the problems caused by TMD.

You shouldn’t have to live with pain, and you definitely shouldn’t have to deal with these problems on your own. Learn more, call us today at 661.349.7725.