Do you frequently wake up in the morning with a headache or sore jaw? Do you suffer from headaches every day? It may be that your headaches are caused by a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), often referred to as TMJ.
TMJ headaches are overlooked or misdiagnosed by many physicians. Washington, D.C. dentist, Andrew Cobb DDS has exceptional experience diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from a TMD, TMJ related headaches and migraines.
TMJ and Headaches
Many physicians and patients don’t link dental problems or TMJ disorders with headaches. TMJ headaches can sometimes appear in the form of cluster headaches, sinus headaches, or migraines; which sometimes makes it difficult for a TMD to be diagnosed. However, Dr. Cobb has over 25 years of experience accurately diagnosing and treating patients with TMDs. In most cases, headaches caused by dental problems are the result of malocclusion or an unbalanced bite. TMJ headaches may be caused by teeth clenching or teeth grinding, which often occurs during sleep, the reason most TMJ headaches and migraines occur in the morning.
While both men and women can be affected, women are more likely to experience TMJ headaches. Hormones and genetics are suspected to be the reasons TMJ headaches are more prevalent in women.
TMJ Headache Relief
Dr. Cobb offers a range of solutions for patients seeking TMJ headache relief. For many patients, lifestyle changes are the easiest solution. This requires patients to reduce their stress, stop chewing gums and certain foods which aggravate the TMJ joints. Jaw stretching exercises may be helpful to increase range of motion and relieve pain.
Patients may also benefit from custom-made oral appliances such as dental splints, mouth guards, and night guards. It is important to seek professional treatment from a dentist to avoid unintended consequences or damage to your teeth and jaw joints.
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Frequent headaches cause people to miss time from work, make multiple visits to the doctor and spend money on unnecessary pain medication. Visit Washington D.C. dentist Andrew Cobb, DDS to find out if your headaches are caused by a TMD or other dental problems.