Orofacial Pain & Headaches

Is your jaw giving you a headache?

Of all your joints, your jaw – Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), is one of the most used every day. It enables you to talk, yawn, chew and do a thousand other movements. It’s located just in front of your ears and connects your jawbone to your skull.

A misaligned jaw can strain your facial muscles and result in recurring headaches, face, neck and shoulder pain. Medically this is known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Damage to the jaw from an accident or sporting injury as well as the presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ can also be contributing factors.

To determine correct jaw alignment and eliminate TMD as being the cause of pain or discomfort, the Inform Dental team can conduct a comprehensive physical examination. This may also involve taking x-rays and reviewing your medical history.

One of the most common and very effective treatment solutions is a dental splint or night guard. Made from a high grade plastic, it looks similar to a sport mouth guard and fits precisely over the teeth. It is designed to re-position your bite to prevent the upper and lower teeth from coming together, reducing the effects of clenching or grinding your teeth.

If you experience these symptoms, hear a clicking or popping sound when you chew or have been told you grind your teeth while sleeping, the team at Inform Dental can assess your TMJ and offer a solution.