Chronic headaches are serious – they can make even day-to-day activities seem burdensome. If you’ve tried medications and other at-home remedies but still can’t find relief, it might be time to talk to your dentist. In many cases, headaches stem from a misaligned bite, which creates jaw and facial tension, as well as night-time teeth grinding. Our doctor has training in the mechanical workings of the mouth, and he can alleviate headaches and restore your bite with TMJ therapy.
TMJ is an acronym referring to the temporomandibular joints. Disorders of the TMJs are referred to as TMD or TMJ dysfunction. These joints are one of the most commonly used joints in the body because they allow a person to speak, eat, and form facial expressions.
TMD has a variety of causes that are often hard to pinpoint. Some common causes of TMD include:
Patients have many options for TMJ therapy. Pain can initially be relieved by making an appointment with Serenity Dental for a mouthguard or dental splint. Your treatment plan may also include bite therapy and diagnosis of the cause. Serenity Dental can also create a jaw exercise routine to alleviate clenching or grinding that causes stress on the lower jaw.
Bite Therapy: A careful, detailed analysis of the mouth and jaw will establish the cause of a patient’s TMJ disorder. Our doctor will measure a patient’s bite pressure throughout the mouth and formulate a plan for dental work to correct any oral issues and provide relief caused by TMJ pain.
Mouth Guards: Serenity Dental will create mouth guards for patients suffering from TMJ disorder to make it more difficult to clench the jaw. Mouth guards are typically made of soft plastic molds taken from the upper and lower teeth. Serenity Dental will create a custom-fitted mouth guard to ensure the utmost efficiency and comfort.
TMJ Jaw Exercises: TMJ jaw exercises are created for a patient to eliminate clenching, correct problematic alignment, and to help the patient relax the jaw. Serenity Dental will carefully and thoroughly provide patients with an appropriate series of exercises to practice in front of a mirror. Over time, TMJ jaw exercises will teach a patient to not only stop clenching but will also give a patient control over jaw muscles.