Millions of Americans miss work, make countless visits to the doctor, and overspend on pain relievers each year due to headaches and migraines. What many people don’t realize is that some headaches, (especially those that occur upon waking) are caused by TMJ Dysfunction. These types of headaches can be successfully treated and often cured by a qualified dentist through simple dental procedures and splint therapy.
Chester Springs TMJ Dentist, Dr. Jason Petkevis
Dr. Jason Petkevis has completed extensive post-graduate training to focus much of his practice on treating adult patients with complex dental problems. Many of these patients have avoided the dentist for ten years or more. Using modern techniques, Dr. Petkevis is able to restore health, function and beauty to the mouth with treatments that are pain-free, affordable and long lasting.
What Causes Headaches?
Stress is a common cause for headaches. Other conditions such as malocclusion (unbalanced bite) and TMJ dysfunction can contribute to headaches or migraines. When the teeth do not make proper contact and the jaws are not in proper alignment, it creates stress and tension in the muscles and face, causing headaches to occur. Tension in the jaw and mouth throughout the day also contributes to chronic headaches and migraines.
Are Your Headaches Caused By TMJ Dysfunction?
Headaches are the most common sign of TMJ dysfunction. The reason TMJ headaches tend to occur in the morning is because of teeth clenching and teeth grinding that occurs while you sleep.
TMJ Headache Symptoms
- Pain in the temples or back of the head
- Morning headaches
- Pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back
- Migraine headaches
- Teeth grinding, teeth clenching
TMJ Headache Therapy
Dr. Petkevis will perform a bite analysis to evaluate your jaw joints and determine if your headaches are caused by TMJ dysfunction. Treatment for TMJ Headaches can range from simple oral appliance therapy, using a night guard or splint, to advanced bite correction therapy which involves reshaping the teeth so that they make proper contact.
Teeth Grinding is closely linked with TMJ dysfunction. A TMJ mouthguard keeps your teeth aligned and prevents the top and bottom teeth from coming into contact with each other while you sleep, preventing teeth grinding. Dr. Petkevis is able to custom make a mouthguard that fits comfortably in your mouth.
If a mouthguard is unsuccessful in correcting teeth grinding, some patients benefit from bite correction. Dr. Petkevis will realign the teeth so that the upper and lower teeth come into contact with each other correctly. Bite correction can include a number of procedures including tooth bonding, dental crowns, porcelain veneers or dental implants.
Get Relief From Frequent Headaches
A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your headaches are caused by TMJ dysfunction. You owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis.
Call 610–400–1459 or schedule an appointment online.