What do dentistry and headaches have to do with one another? More than you might think. The teeth work together with the jaw and the muscles, ligaments, and joints in the face. When one of these elements isn’t working properly, the result can be chronic headaches and facial pain. TMJ dysfunction, a misalignment of the jaw joints, is a common condition that often causes these headaches. In many cases, the problem can be remedied with a custom nightguard, created by Dr. Dodig.
The TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, are the joints that allow you to open and close your mouth easily. If your jaw clicks or pops, you have difficulty chewing, or you feel pain in your cheekbone area, then you may have TMJ dysfunction. The causes of TMJ dysfunction vary and may include:
A custom nightguard works by holding the jaw in its proper position. Patients typically wear the thin, flexible nightguard during sleep. In addition to realigning the jaw bone, the nightguard also prevents the harmful effects of grinding. If you have headaches or you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Dodig about a custom nightguard at your next appointment.
Dr. Dodig and team are currently welcoming new patients. Call our West University dental office today to reserve your appointment, consultation, or second-opinion visit. Our convenient West University office serves patients from Bellaire and the surrounding areas.