Do you suffer from chronic headaches? If so, it could be from a number of reasons. That is why it is important to visit your doctor and get a proper diagnoses. You may also want to talk to your dentist. In many cases, chronic headaches are caused by malocclusions or bite problems such as Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the bone at the side of the head (temporal bone). TMD, stands for Temporomandibular Disorders: a group of disorders that arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or the parts of the joint itself. Symptoms of TMD include chronic headaches, ear pain, dizziness and more. TMD can be caused by a number of factors including grinding or clenching the teeth, injuries to the jaw such as whiplash, dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket, and more. In some cases, TMD can be treated by making adjustments to your bite. This can be accomplished using orthodontic treatments or fixing restorations that are causing the jaw joint to be out of alignment. In other cases, TMD may be treated with a custom-fitted mouthguard that you wear at night to prevent you from clenching and/or grinding your teeth when you sleep.
Each case of TMD is different, therefore, the treatments will vary depending on the cause, frequency and severity of symptoms. If you are suffering from chronic headaches and think they may be due to TMD or other bite problems, talk to your dentist today.
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