Many patients come into our office complaining of constant headaches or jaw pain that they feel may be related to a sore tooth. They do not realize that sometimes having a headache is cause by grinding or clenching your teeth.
There are many ways to diagnose this problem, the first being to ask a series of questions that may lead us to the correct answer.
Ask yourself these questions and if your answer to any of them is yes, you may want to consult your Dentist.
1. Do you wake up in the middle of the night clenching your teeth or biting down?
2. Does your jaw have a resting position that is slightly apart when the muscles are relaxed?
3. When you wake up do you clench down immediately?
4. Do you have headaches first thing in the morning, most often around the temples or even the back of your head?
5. Do you experience ear pain in the absence of an infection?
6. Do you have a difficult time opening your jaw as wide as you would like?
7. Does your jaw ever lock to the point where you can’t close it?
There are treatments that help with TMJ issues and there are lots of therapies that we can offer, but the problem needs to be diagnosed properly.
We all know that overall health is important, and excellent dental health (having clean, cavity free teeth, strong healthy gums, and good occlusion – an aligned bite) contributes to great overall health. Please feel to contact Ufberg Dental at 610-251-2227 or email@example.com, should you have any questions or comments.