Put an End to Headaches and Jaw Pain with Help from Our New City, NY Dentist

Many people experience headaches or migraines, but did you know that your irritating headache could be tied back to your oral health?  Dental pain and headaches have a lot in common with pain centered in the nerves and muscles running throughout the face and neck, as well as poor habits the discomfort may cause can trap sufferers in a painful feedback loop with head pain triggering jaw and neck pain and vice versa.TMJ Treatment
The muscles that control your jaw and hold your head upright are very complex.  Many people don’t even realize that every time they swallow, their upper and lower teeth must come together in a firm way to brace the jaw against the skull.  Often, many will experience headaches as a result of tooth grinding (bruxism) or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Let’s take a closer look at headaches and TMJ treatment from our New City, NY dentists.

How can my Bite Cause my Headache?

Each day and night you swallow over 2000 times, so if your bite is unstable, as from poorly aligned teeth or even a missing tooth, the muscles must work harder to bring the teeth together.  Tension headaches result from a muscle strain, which is when muscles are held tight for too long and begin to ache.  Headaches from dental stress are a type of muscle tension headache.  A tension headache may be on one or both sides of your head, or even surrounding your head.

Some signs that indicate your headache may have a dental origin include:

  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Sore jaw muscles or tired muscles upon waking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Clicking or popping jaw joints
  • Head and/or scalp that is painful to the touch

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder (TMD)

A large number of people who have TMJ disorder will experience constant pain in the jaw joints, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulders and back.  Most cases of TMD are the result of either a bad bite, which is known as malocclusion, or some type of trauma, such as a car accident.  When the teeth are not coming together properly, they are unable to support the facial muscles.  This places excessive strain on the muscles, which results in pain in the face and head.
In New City TMJ pain treatments might include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep.  Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles.  More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws.  In extreme cases, jaw surgery may be required to correct the condition.
If you suffer from headaches, or jaw pain, it may be very important for you to visit our New City, NY dentists for proper consultation.  Our dentists in New City, NY will be able to diagnose any dental problems you may have that are potentially causing you pain not only in your mouth, but in your head as well.