What Causes Chronic Headaches?

Do you suffer from chronic migraines or headaches? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ disorders are often characterized by a misaligned jaw and can cause a wide array of dental issues. However, Dr. Byron Desbordes helps patients get the treatment they need in his Baltimore, MD dentist office. He collaborates with patients as individuals to discover treatments that eliminate headaches, orofacial pain, and more.

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TMJ Causes and Symptoms

Although there is no single cause for TMJ dysfunction, a number of factors may contribute to this dental condition. Trauma to the head or face, misaligned teeth, or jaw structural concerns may cause an uneven or uncomfortable bite.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction may include:

  • Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  • Chronic earaches
  • Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders
  • Popping or clicking in the jaw joints
  • Tooth wear
  • Neck tension
  • Soreness in facial muscles

Treating TMJ

Dr. Desbordes will evaluate the function of your bite to create a treatment plan designed to address your oral health needs. He may recommend an oral sleep appliance that is custom fit your teeth and gums. Similar to a mouthguard, this device helps realign your bite to alleviate tension on your jaw. It can also prevent further damage to your jaw, teeth, and gums. Sometimes splint therapy can alleviate TMJ symptoms. Dental splints hold the teeth together to prevent them from moving together. Cosmetic and restorative procedures such as Invisalign, dental crowns, and tooth contouring can realign the position of your bite.

During your consultation with Dr. Desbordes, feel free to ask him about your treatment options. His goal is to help you find a dental solution that you are comfortable with.

Schedule an Appointment

Eliminate headaches at the source with comprehensive treatment. Call our Baltimore, Maryland dental office at (410) 216-4023 or request a consultation with Dr. Desbordes on our website. We serve the Greater Baltimore area including Woodlawn and Owings Mills.

Author: Dr. Desbordes