Get The Help You Need With Your Headaches
- April 18, 2016
Morning headaches are the worst. You’ve just finished sleeping, which is when you are supposed to recover from the previous day’s activities. No matter how well you slept, a headache can ruin your morning.
Are morning headaches a frequent occurrence in your life? Don’t let them become a burden for you. If you can’t remember the last time you woke up without a headache, then you should call us at Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A.
Your morning headaches may be connected to a problem in your jaw. You could have TMJ dysfunction. Thankfully, you have an orthodontic specialist in Boca Raton, FL, who is ready, willing and able to help.
A Few Words On Your TMJ
Before you read more, we need you to do something. Place your fingers on both sides of your face near your ears. Now open and close your mouth.
You should be able to feel something moving. That is your TMJ or temporomandibular joint. It allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side.
When you have a problem with your TMJ, then you could be suffering from TMJ dysfunction. So, what can cause this problem?
Arthritis is a common culprit. You may already know that arthritis causes inflammation of your joints. Since your TMJ is a joint, it too can be affected by arthritis.
TMJ dysfunction may arise from an injury or accident, you may have been struck in the face while playing a sport or been injured in an automobile accident. Direct impact or whiplash can affect the alignment of your jaw, which can lead to TMJ problems.
Another common cause of TMJ issues is bruxism, which refers to grinding or clenching your teeth. You may be thinking that you don’t do this. The truth is that many people are unaware if or when they grind their teeth.
Some people clench their teeth subconsciously as a reaction to the stress in their lives.
Teeth grinding can occur unconsciously, too. Millions of Americans grind their teeth in their sleep. That’s hours every night that you may be putting added pressure on your TMJ and the muscles around it.
This could explain your frequent morning headaches and possibly a few other problems.
Effects Of TMJ Dysfunction
Headaches may not be your only problem if you have TMJ dysfunction. We would encourage you to pay attention to other symptoms of TMJ problems if you have been having frequent headaches.
Those symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- Jaw pain that lingers
- Jaw pain during or after a meal or other times when you have used your jaw heavily (such as a presentation at work)
- Facial pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Inability to completely open or close your jaw
- Times when you can’t move your jaw at all
You may want to keep a record of when and how often you are experiencing these symptoms.
You should not be forced to accept TMJ dysfunction as a part of your daily life. You can and should seek treatment as soon as possible.
For people who grind or clench their teeth, we can create bite guards to help you. These guards prevent your teeth from touching, and they help to keep your jaw in a different position.
If your problem is the result of an accident or injury, then we may need to look at a different kind of treatment. In some cases, we may need to refer you to a specialist in TMJ problems.
We are committed to helping anyone who has been struggling because of TMJ dysfunction. You don’t have to continue suffering. Come to our office, Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A., if you live in or near Boca Raton, FL.
Our orthodontic specialist will do everything he can to help you in our office. If your problem is beyond what we can fix, then we will help you find someone who can help with more advanced TMJ treatments.
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