Are you suffering from TMJD?
We all know the feeling – sharp or dull, nagging, throbbing – of a painful headache. While we all get them, we don’t always know why or what is causing it. San Francisco TMD specialist Dr. Larson wants to suggest that these common symptoms may be a sign of a treatable disorder called temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) related headaches may come with a number of different symptoms ranging from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), stiff neck, and even back pain. And there are many treatable reasons you could be suffering from TMJD.
There are many causes of a bad, or misaligned jaw and this can cause extra strain on your jaw resulting in facial or head pain. Luckily, all these afflictions are easily diagnosed by your San Francisco TMD specialist Dr. Larson. Should Dr. Larson determine that your jaw is out of position compressing your jaw joints and straining muscles, [HE/SHE] will design and fabricate comfortable, sleek and barely noticeable clear orthotics to be worn part time or full time for a defined period of time to allow healing to take place. Healing strategies with Laser technology and Prolotherapy can be helpful as well as mindfulness and stress reduction
Teeth Clenching or Grinding
Many patients grind or clench their teeth in their sleep and don’t know it. Patients with unhappy jaw muscles from an imbalanced bite and clicking jaw joints are overworking their jaw muscles which can lead to terrible headaches.
Apnea, snoring and nasal blockage can also contribute to the strain on the jaw. Breathing easily and adequately at night is normal and if there is a struggle to do so, the jaw often takes the burden.
TMD related headaches can be painful and debilitating, causing and related to headache, migraine and tinnitus – buzzing in your ears -. The best way to receive personalized care for your TMD related headaches is to schedule a thorough consultation or brief screening with San Francisco TMD Specialist Dr. Larson. To schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Larson at 415-872-5116 today.