Stress can wreak havoc on a person’s body, causing a wide variety of symptoms. Sometimes people attribute the causes of their pain to stress when it is a byproduct of a medical condition, not the cause. Headaches and jaw pain may be caused by problems with the alignment of the jaw or conditions such as teeth grinding or teeth clenching.
Often, people experiencing grinding or clenching will have these incorrectly attributed to stress. They may attempt to seek relief by consulting their general practitioner, or even chiropractors, masseuses, or hypnotists in their quest for relief. While any of these may be able to offer temporary relief, they will not be able to identify and treat the root cause of the headaches and jaw pain.
Consulting the proper dentist, one who is trained in neuromuscular dentistry, can help to identify the problems with the system of facial muscles, nerves, teeth, and jaw joints that must work together seamlessly to relieve the pain.
In addition to diagnosing the cause of the discomfort that the patient is experiencing, it is important that the condition is treated in a manner that eliminates the pain while also treating the root causes. This provides a more permanent solution to the patient and keeps them from having to rely on medications for relief.
When patients are suffering from temporomandibular disorders (or TMJ) , they can experience jaw pain, headaches, ear pain, jaw clicking, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, damaged teeth, and even tingling in the hands and feet. A common cause of these problems is transmandibular joint dysfunction.
A dental professional who has been properly trained to identify the causes of this dysfunction will be able to identify where the deficiencies are occurring using advanced technology. Once the problems have been identified, dental devices can be created to gently correct the problems and bring the joint into proper alignment, usually while the patient sleeps. Over time, the muscles in the jaw will be re-programmed so that proper alignment can be achieved, eliminating jaw pain and headaches. Once this goal is met, any damage that has been done to the teeth can be corrected using cosmetic techniques.
This not only ensures that the person is free of pain and able to share a bright, healthy smile, but it also prevents any future damage from happening. The patient can then approach any social situation with the confidence they need to be happy and successful.