Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Dental problems like TMJ and bruxism can exacerbate headaches and facial pain.
Grinding your teeth puts a strain on the large muscles of your jaw, causing them to tense up. High levels of a jaw muscle strain can eventually push your jaw out of alignment and become temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), often referred to as “TMJ”. A TMD can manifest in chronic headaches, earaches, jaw or neck pain, muscle spasms, and other dental concerns.
Dr. Brad Gorsky is a New York, NY dentist with advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of bite disorders. He works with patients who have TMJ, bruxism, and other jaw and orofacial problems to alleviate pain and restore function. The goal of your treatment is to identify the underlying cause and provide a comprehensive treatment plan so that you can enjoy improved dental health and a lasting outcome.
TMJ Symptoms and Headaches
Common symptoms that accompany TMJ headaches may include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Jaw pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Limited jaw mobility
- Popping noise in the jaw joint
Malocclusion, also known as poor tooth or jaw alignment, is often at the root of jaw problems and headaches. An unbalanced bite can create tension and orofacial pain as well as excessive tooth wear. Before treatment, Dr. Gorsky will analyze your bite. Once he understands the exact nature of your bite issues, he will work with you to develop a treatment plan.
Advanced Diagnostics with TekScan.
Dr. Gorsky uses Tekscan to provide a digital analysis of the fit and function of your bite. TekScan is a convenient, handheld device that can measure the biting force of each individual tooth and help to determine if there is an imbalance. This tool can help to provide a more in-depth evaluation for more accurate treatment and results. It helps Dr. Gorsky obtain an understanding of how all parts of the occlusal system are operating.
For many patients, a night mouthguard is a simple but effective solution to prevent the teeth from grinding against each other. This both protects the teeth from damage, and relieves tension, allowing the jaw to rest. By wearing this oral appliance every night, or even in stressful situations, patients can enjoy immediate relief of their headaches and migraines.
If teeth have become worn down or damaged due to a TMJ disorder, Dr. Gorsky will help you find the right restorative or cosmetic treatment for you. Dr. Gorsky and his professional team offer dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and more to restore the form and function of teeth and gums.
Contact Our Office
Stop jaw pain with professional treatment for TMJ disorders today. Contact Dr. Gorsky’s New York, NY dental office for comfortable and comprehensive care today at 212.235.1769. You can also schedule an appointment online.