Does persistent jaw pain, worn down teeth, or tension headaches prevent you from enjoying your life? You may be suffering from TMJ (also known as TMD). Pain caused by your jaw’s structural situation can be successfully treated at Woodlake Family Dentistry to reduce or eliminate your pain and suffering.
TMJ or TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction / Disorder. TMJ issues are present in 20 to 30 percent of the adult population, mostly between the ages of 20 and 40. Women tend to have TMJ issues more than men, and tension headaches are a common symptom of TMJ related problems. Tension headaches are not life-threatening; however, they can make it difficult to function normally on a daily basis.
If your tension headache is caused by TMJ, it’s usually due to stress from the misalignment of the jaw joint, and jaw and surrounding muscles experiencing stress due to the misalignment. As a reaction to the stress, your body may compensate by clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth during sleep. At Woodlake Family Dentistry our dentists perform a series of tests to diagnose the cause of your headaches or other symptoms suspected of being related to TMJ. You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan to remedy your specific condition.