Headaches may not seem like a problem for your dentist, but if you suffer from chronic migraines, pain in the jaw or head, or persistent headaches, make sure to tell your dentist. We will examine the way your upper and lower teeth fit together and examine your jaw joints to see if you suffer from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that allows you to open and close your mouth, so you can eat and speak properly. When something bad happens to it, it can be a major inconvenience to your everyday life.
You may suffer from a TMJ disorder if you experience a painful clicking in your jaw joints, an inability to open or close your mouth, chronic teeth grinding, or unexplained tooth wear. In addition to correcting the problem in your joints, our dentist may also need to correct other oral health problems, and if this is the case, you could probably benefit the most from a complete full mouth reconstruction.
The most common source of a TMJ disorder is teeth grinding, and if you suffer from bruxism, you will most likely be prescribed a mouth guard to wear at night so that your teeth and joints are protected against the forces of grinding.