A common cause of frequent headaches, often overlooked by physicians, is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Chicago dentist, Dr. Irene Theodore has special experience diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from TMJ headaches and migraines.

Dental Related Headaches

Frequent headaches are commonly linked to TMJ dysfunction and/or malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth). When TMJ or malocclusion is present, headaches often occur because of grinding or clenching. Other signs that could indicate TMJ dysfunction is contributing to headaches are:
  • Facial pain (often in the temporal region or sides of face)
  • Pain in the neck and/or older shoulders
  • Migraine, or migraine like headaches
  • Earache or feeling of fullness in the ears

TMJ Headache Therapy

If you suspect that your headaches are caused by TMJ, teeth grinding or other dental problems, the first step is an evaluation with the dentist. Dr. Theodore will review your dental and medical history and examine the fit of your bite and alignment of the TMJ. Depending on your condition, one or several treatments may be recommended. Treatment may include an oral appliance, such as a TMJ mouthguard, and/or bite correction therapy which would solve problems with the alignment of teeth and TMJ joints.
  • TMJ Mouthguard – A custom removable appliance that is worn during sleep. The purpose of this treatment is to reduce or prevent teeth grinding, clenching and therefore, reduce the occurrence of morning headaches.
  • Bite Correction – Headaches often result from an unbalanced bite. Dr. Theodore can solve this issue through a series of adjustments, bringing the teeth into proper alignment. This type of treatment may also include reshaping the teeth, orthodontics, and restorative dentistry (crowns, bridges or implants) depending on your condition.