If you are having headache pain and/or jaw pain, you may be suffering with temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder (TMJ/TMD).
This is a chronic condition, in which headaches (particularly among female patients), a stiff neck, sore jaw muscles or tinnitus (constant or intermittent ringing in your ears) are common symptoms. About 90% of the population suffers from run-of-the-mill tension headaches. When these headaches are caused by TMJ, the pain originates from the jaw, the jaw joint, and surrounding muscles. Usually this occurs as a result of clenching or grinding teeth. It is a problem that occurs in about a third of the adult population and most sufferers tend to be between 20 and 40 years old.
Even though headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ/TMD are not life threatening, the pain can be unbearable. With our dental care services, we can alleviate the pain and the other issues that develop from this disorder. Constant grinding of the teeth wears down the enamel over time. This causes the teeth to be more susceptible to dental caries. Since the grinding and clenching usually occurs during sleep, some people may not even be aware of the problem even though they are experiencing the symptoms. If your grinding at night is causing damage to your teeth, your dentist may recommend you to be fitted for a custom nightguard.