Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do you wake up every day with a headache or migraine?
Dealing with constant headaches can be uncomfortable for any patient. Experiencing constant headaches, especially in the morning may be a sign of teeth grinding or may mean there is an issue with the temporomandibular joint. This joint is also known as TMD or TMJ. When headaches are paired with jaw pain, tension in the jaw, neck pain, and ear pain, it can be linked to a more complex dental problem. It is important to visit your dentist to find a solution to your TMJ symptoms.
Dr. Frank Henrich has years of experience treating patients with TMJ disorders. Your experienced dentist in Tulsa Oklahoma takes the time to properly examine your teeth, mouth, gums, muscles, jaw bone and how it all works together. After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Henrich will create a personalized treatment plan to improve your smile.
Since everyone experiences TMJ differently, no two treatment plans are alike. We work with you on a personal level to get to the root of the issue, and recommend treatments that work the first time. If you have been experiencing ongoing symptoms associated with TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation at Henrich Dental to get the dental care you need.
TMJ Headaches Treatment
TMJ can cause migraines, difficulty chewing, neck pain, jaw pain, and issues with moving your jaw. Treatments for TMJ will depend on the current status of your dental health. At Henrich Dental, Dr. Henrich offers a range of treatments to alleviate symptoms of TMJ including:
Each treatment can restore seamless function back into the temporomandibular joint, and minimize symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. We will tailor your treatment to your specific needs, oral health status, and budget. Dr. Henrich will examine all aspects of your mouth to determine if you need other dental problems fixed as well.
The goal of treatment is to bring balance back to your bite, and relieve painful symptoms. At Henrich Dental we take a patient-focused, comprehensive approach to dentistry. Dr. Henrich will work personally with each patient to restore harmony back into their smile. This means that all treatment plans are unique to the patient. We will ensure that you receive the most accurate results with our procedures.
Botox for TMJ headaches
Botox is a potential treatment option for those suffering from these types of headaches. Dr. Henrich is an active member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He has dedicated countless hours of continuing education to remain up to date on the current advancements, techniques, and treatments in dentistry. Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic migraines in patients 18 and older.
We offer Botox as a treatment for patients who may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ-related headaches. The mechanism behind Botox’s effectiveness lies in its ability to relax muscles and reduce muscle tension. By injecting small amounts of Botox into the affected muscles, it can effectively weaken them and provide relief from pain. Our patients will be able to receive immediate relief from the headaches, and even minimize lockjaw.
While Botox can provide temporary relief from TMJ headaches, it is not a permanent solution. Regular follow-up treatments may be necessary to maintain the desired effect. It is also crucial to address any underlying causes or contributing factors to prevent future occurrences of these headaches.
TMJ Headaches: Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if my headaches are caused by TMJ?
A sure sign that your headaches are from TMJ is that you are experiencing other common TMJ symptoms at the same time. Tight face/jaw muscles, jaw pain, clicking noises in the jaw, not being able to move the jaw, and changes to your bite are all additional signs you have a problem with your temporomandibular joint.
How long will it take my TMJ headache to go away?
Every patient will have a different experience with TMJ related headaches. In most cases, it will depend on what is causing the TMJ flareup. A typical TMJ related headache can last a few hours but sometimes it can go on for a few weeks. The best thing to do is seek treatment to get them under control as soon as possible.
Can my TMJ headaches cause mental health problems?
Any severe case of TMJ that causes painful symptoms can lead to metal problems. A TMJ disorder can easily become a chronic pain issue. Progression of the disorder and greater pain levels can leave a person filled with anxiety. It will lead to depression since the person cannot live a normal life anymore. The day to day stresses of dealing with this can trigger mental health problems.
What does a headache from TMJ feel like?
Pain from TMJ headaches may feel similar to that of a tension headache or migraine due to the severity and frequency. It usually causes pain in the temple area, around the jaw muscles, and in the neck area. It can also feel like a tight band around your head. Patients often describe this type of headache as an aching, dull, throbbing, or pressure-like pain. Excessive teeth clenching or grinding, emotional stress, or physical stress on the jaw muscles can intensify the headache. You may also experience tightness, discomfort, or clicking in the jaw or face.
Will my TMJ headaches go away on their own?
TMJ problems and headaches typically do not disappear without treatment. Patients who have been referred to us for evaluation of their headaches and TMJ issues commonly ask if it will go away on its own. The answer to this depends on your unique case. In some cases, mild TMJ headaches may resolve without treatment, especially if they are due to temporary factors such as stress or poor posture.
However, if your headaches are persistent, severe, or affecting your daily life, it is rare for them to go away without medical attention.
Schedule A Risk-free Consultation
It’s important to note that each individual’s experience with TMJ headaches may vary. Some people may find relief through self-care measures or conservative treatments, while others may require more extensive interventions. Consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
If you are suffering from constant headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Henrich. Dr. Henrich will examine your bite and determine the best solution for your smile. If you want to explore your treatment options, contact our Tulsa, Ok dental office or schedule an appointment online.