If you have pain in your jaw, or a headache or migraine that occurs frequently, then you may consider seeing your dentist. Often, these examples of orofacial pain could be linked to common disorders like TMJ disorder and bruxism. In today’s blog, your Syosset, NY, dentist talks about bringing relief to your jaw pain and headaches!
The Factors Behind Discomfort
When issues arise that upset the balance of your bite, this could lead to jaw joint strain. Over time, this strain could lead to TMJ disorder and/or bruxism. With TMJ disorder, you could have trouble fully opening and closing the mouth, and experience a host of uncomfortable symptoms. You could also start grinding your teeth or clenching them at night, known as bruxism. This places enormous pressure on the teeth, and leads to discomfort too. Common causes of imbalance and strain include tooth loss, dental misalignment, injury, malocclusion, or high levels of stress.
The Possible Complications
With TMJ disorder, you could experience discomfort when you bite down and chew, and bruxism could increase the risk of tooth decay and infection by damaging the teeth, cracking and chipping them to expose sensitive tissues to bacteria. Both disorders could cause headaches, jaw pain, migraines, facial and neck aches, tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and even a popping or clicking sensation in your smile. To avoid discomfort and prevent complications that could impact the health and stability of your smile, you should see us when you experience headaches and jaw pain. We can offer treatment to ease your discomfort and provide better bite balance.
Oral Appliance Therapy
How do we treat these two disorders and bring relief to your jaw and head? Care could involve orthodontics to improve dental alignment, or the placement of a crown to correct bite imbalance. If you have missing teeth, we could offer a dental prosthetic to fill these gaps. However, the most common solution is oral appliance therapy. Using detailed digital images, we will take pictures of your teeth, jaw, and oral structures, using the images and measurements to design and custom-fit an oral appliance. The device fits like a mouthguard and is worn as you sleep. The appliance then repositions the smile to improve balance and ease strain on the jaw joints, so you feel more comfortable and enjoy better oral health. If you have any questions about how we bring relief for headaches and pain, then contact our team today to learn more.
Syosset Dental Treats TMD and Bruxism
We would like to help bring relief to pain in and around your smile. If you have questions about treating facial discomfort, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.