Is TMJ Disorder Causing My Headaches?

Do you have persistent headaches? You may be surprised to learn there’s a connection to a common oral health issue. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, can lead to patients in Omaha, NE, suffering from serious discomfort. Is TMD responsible for your headaches?

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Disorder

Question: What causes TMJ disorder?

Answer: Our temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to the skull and control the actions needed to eat and speak. However, if these joints undergo excessive strain, then patients may develop trouble opening and closing the mouth due to the disorder.

Question: How do I know if I need treatment?

Answer: Patients with TMD experience a wide array of symptoms, such as headaches, jaw pain, shoulders and neck aches, and a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. If you experience one or more of these issues, then contact our team for a diagnosis.

Question: Will an oral appliance help?

Answer: Often we treat the issue with an oral appliance. The device will look like a nightguard and be worn as the patient sleeps. The device repositions the jaw to ease strain. We may also treat the issue with orthodontics or dental restorations. A diagnosis will help us choose the best treatment option.

Question: Is the issue related to bruxism?

Answer: In some cases, untreated TMJ disorder could lead to an increased risk of bruxism (teeth grinding). Likewise, untreated teeth grinding could place pressure on the jaw joints and lead to TMD. Fortunately, oral appliances also help address bruxism. If you have any questions about treating TMJ disorder, or if you think you may need a diagnosis, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a comfortable and healthy smile!

Pacific Hills Dental Offers TMD Solutions

At Pacific Hills Dental, we have treatment options to help address TMD and restore the health and comfort of your smile. If you wish to make an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Omaha, NE, dental office today at (402)330-2243. We proudly treat individuals in Omaha, NE, and all surrounding areas, including Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, and Millard.