Dental concerns can often cause symptoms outside of the mouth, especially bite disorders and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). When the jaw joints are stressed or not functioning properly, they can cause radiating pain and tension including frequent headaches.
Tahoe area dentist Dr. Donald Reid has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD, often called “TMJ” which is the name of the jaw joint. TMJ related headaches typically occur in the morning after a night of teeth grinding or jaw clenching- common signs and symptoms of a bite problem.
Dr. Reid looks for the signs of a bite problem during routine dental exams which can include worn or damaged teeth, but there are many symptoms that are not apparent upon examination and are often misdiagnosed:
- Recurring headaches
- Jaw pain or popping
- Ear pain or feeling of fullness in the ear
- Hearing changes, ringing in the ears, dizziness
- Neck and shoulder pain
There can be a wide range of underlying causes for TMJ or a bite problem and proper diagnosis is the key to effective TMJ treatment that also supports lasting dental health. Dr. Reid will evaluate your entire occlusal system to look for the cause of the imbalance in your bite that is leading to teeth grinding and other debilitating symptoms.
TMJ Headaches: Treatment Options
Dr. Reid seeks to provide treatment that will not only alleviate symptoms, but provide a comfortable bite that you can enjoy for the long term. He may recommend:
Mouthguard/ Splint: a custom fit oral appliance may be all that is necessary to properly position your jaw, relieve pressure and/or stop teeth grinding for relief of symptoms.
Bite correction: if your bite is uneven or your teeth are not contacting properly and contributing to your TMJ disorder, Dr. Reid may recommend treatments, such as orthodontics, to realign or adjust the teeth. Treatments may include:
Schedule A Consultation
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms above or have concerns about the fit and comfort of your bite, schedule an appointment with Dr. Reid in his Truckee, CA dentist office. Call our office at (530) 206-0392 or request an appointment online.