One of the more common symptoms that patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) share are frequent headaches. These “TMJ headaches” often occur in the morning as a result of clenching and grinding of the teeth during sleep. Other signs that could indicate TMD related headaches are:
- Facial pain (often in the temporal region or sides of face)
- Pain in the neck and/or shoulders
- Migraine, or migraine like headaches
- Earache or feeling of fullness in the ears
TMJ Headache Therapy Ellicott City
If you suspect that your headaches are caused by TMJ, teeth grinding or other dental problems, the first step is an evaluation with the dentist. Dr. Becker will review your dental and medical history and examine the fit of your bite and alignment of the TMJ. Depending on your condition, one or several treatments may be recommended.
Dr. Becker will choose the most conservative treatment options first, which may involve lifestyle changes or the use of an oral appliance, such as a TMJ mouthguard. For more severe cases, or after exhausting conservative options, bite correction therapy to restore the alignment of teeth and TMJ may be recommended for lasting comfort and a permanent resolution.
TMJ Therapy : Patient Testimonial
“My headache reduction is at 98%.”
Dr. Becker has extensive training in the diagnosis of occlusal and TMJ disorders and has incorporated some of the latest technology into his Howard County dental office. With the use of Tekscan digital technology, Dr. Becker can more accurately determine an imbalance in the bite and create a customized treatment plan.
For those who suffer with the symptoms of a TMD, successful treatment can be life changing, restoring their dental health as well as their daily quality of life.