Most people do not associate their recurring headaches with their teeth. There is however, a close association with various types of headaches, which are associated with the function of your jawbone. The condition, temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, is frequently caused by the misalignment of your jaw. One of the leading symptoms of TMD is recurring headaches. If you favor one side of your jaw when you chew, it can affect the TMJ (temporomandiular joint), stressing the muscles and affecting jaw function. Neuromuscular dentistry is a field of dentistry that treats headaches and other dentistry problems related to TMD. The TMJ is the only joint in your body that has two sides that are designed to work in conjunction with each other. When one side is knocked out of balance, this puts undue stress on one joint when trying to compensate. There are many factors that lead to TMD:
- Tooth pain
- Excessive chewing
- Tooth grinding
- Trauma to the jawbone
Once the joint becomes stressed, it often leads to headaches. In many cases, these headaches do not seem to be associated or attributed to your teeth or jaw at all. It is important to seek the opinion of a dentist trained in neuromuscular dentistry to diagnose chronic headache pain and treat it if related to TMD. If you suffer from unexplained chronic headaches, please contact a Northwest Calgary neuromuscular dentist at the Aesthetic Dental Studio today for a comprehensive evaluation.