What’s Really Causing Your Headaches?

There are quite a few contributing factors for headaches. So many in fact, that it can be hard to narrow down the cause of your symptoms. If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, it’s important to pay attention to your other symptoms to get an idea of whether you could be dealing with a condition that can be effectively and efficiently treated by a dentist.

At the office of Dr. Lloyd Moss, Jr. and Dr. Lloyd Moss, III in Fredericksburg, VA, we regularly see patients with TMJ disorder symptoms. We are more than happy to sit down with you for a consultation to find out if TMJ disorder is the cause of your chronic headaches.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, particularly your temporal bones. Temporomandibular joint disorder also referred to as TMD, is when there is a problem with the joint and the muscles around it, causing it to function improperly.

Symptoms Of TMD

There are several symptoms associated with TMJ disorder or TMD including:

  • Facial, jaw, or ear pain
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Pain, pressure, or discomfort behind your eyes
  • Clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth
  • “Locking” of the jaw or the joint going out of place
  • Soreness or tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Facial swelling

Chronic Headaches Or TMD?

Because chronic headaches are a sign of TMD, it can be hard to differentiate between the headaches as a stand-alone issue and headaches as a symptom of TMJ disorder.

According to a study by the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, headaches related to TMD are often misdiagnosed as tension headaches. That’s bad news for patients whose headaches may be misdiagnosed as stress-induced when they’re in fact caused by an entirely treatable and preventable condition.

However, don’t let the fear of misdiagnosis keep you from seeking TMD treatment. If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, call the office of Drs. Moss and Moss now at (540) 369-4926 to schedule a consultation.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

Many of our patients are surprised to learn they can find relief from their headaches at our Fredericksburg, VA dentist office. There are several ways we can treat your TMJ/TMD symptoms. When you visit our office, Drs. Moss and Moss or one of our experienced team members will discuss treatment options with you to find out which will work best for your situation.

The most common ways we help our patients find relief from nagging symptoms include:

  • Night guard or mouth guard

If your symptoms are caused by the clenching and grinding of your teeth, a night guard or mouth guard can be just what you need to find relief. Dr. Moss can design a splint or night guard that will properly align your jaw and bite while protecting your teeth. However, if you have major bite or alignment problems, we may recommend orthodontics as a better way to treat your symptoms.

  • Medication

Medications like muscle relaxants or over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medicines can help relieve symptoms and calm muscle spasms. It may also help to apply a hot or cold pack to the irritated area to help the muscles relax.

  • Relaxation

It sounds simple but just a bit of relaxation can work wonders to relieve discomfort. We’re more than happy to discuss relaxation techniques to help relieve tension in your jaw muscles. We may also talk to you about various stress relief techniques and options to help you better manage the stress contributing to your symptoms.

Seek Treatment For TMD Today!

To learn more about whether your symptoms are the result of TMJ or TMD, or to learn how you can find relief from your uncomfortable symptoms, call our Fredericksburg dentist office today. Call (540) 369-4926 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us online. Don’t wait another day to seek TMD treatment! Relief could be just a phone call away!