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:
- TENs unit
Each treatment is designed to restore seamless function back into the temporomandibular joint, and minimize symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Your treatment will be tailored 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
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. We offer Botox as a treatment for patients who may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ. Botox can be injected into the affected muscles and patients will be able to receive immediate relief from the headaches and stress and even minimize lockjaw.
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 they are coupled with other common TMJ symptoms. 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 so they are avoided in the first place.
Can my TMJ headaches cause mental 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. You may also experience tightness, discomfort, or clicking in the jaw or face.
What kind of headaches do you get from TMJ?
Headaches are often a result of clenching and grinding teeth. Clenching and grinding are two signs of TMJ. Many people may describe TMJ headaches as migraines due to their severity or frequency.
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, but it is rare for TMJ headaches to go away without medical attention.
Schedule A Risk-free Consultation
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.