Chronic headaches and jaw pain can be symptoms of a bite problem or temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Commonly called TMJ, a TMD is often the result of an imbalance in the bite which puts strain on the jaw joints causing painful symptoms.
At Fullerton Craft Smiles, Dr. Kush Patel and Dr. Krutav Patel offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for frequent headaches and other signs of a bite disorder, restoring your dental health and alleviating debilitating symptoms.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
Frequent headaches are just one of the common signs of a bite disorder, many of which are often misdiagnosed in many patients. Effective treatment will restore your daily quality of life and provide a comfortable bite.
- Facial pain (often in the temporal region or sides of face)
- Pain in the neck and/or older shoulders
- Migraine, or migraine like headaches, especially in the morning
- Earache or feeling of fullness in the ears
Treatment for TMJ Headaches
Dr. Patel will discuss your dental concerns, review your health history and perform a thorough dental exam before recommending appropriate treatment for TMJ headaches and related symptoms. Treatment options can include an oral appliance, such as a TMJ mouthguard, and/or bite correction therapy to address problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaw joints.
TMJ Mouthguard – We may recommend a custom removable appliance that is worn during sleep or in stressful situations. The purpose of this conservative treatment is to reduce or prevent teeth grinding and clenching and therefore reduce the occurrence of chronic, TMJ related headaches.
Bite Correction – Headaches often result from an unbalanced bite. Dr. Patel may recommend restorative treatments such as dental crowns, bonding or orthodontics to reshape or realign the teeth and balance the bite for long term dental health.