Do you suffer with frequent headaches that tend to occur in the morning?
Recurring headaches can be an often undiagnosed sign of occlusal disease, also known as a bite disorder or TMJ. When the bite is not working properly, pressure is placed on the jaw joints that can result in tension headaches. Memphis dentist Dr. Elizabeth Lee has advanced training and years of experience diagnosing and effectively treating TMJ disorders and related symptoms, such as headaches. During routine dental care, Dr. Lee looks for the common signs of a bite problem such as worn or damaged teeth.
What Causes TMJ Headaches?
“TMJ” refers to the temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, that hinges where the skull meets the lower jaw bone. Tension in the muscles or dysfunction in the joint can lead to the often painful symptoms associated with a TMJ disorder. This can be due to a range of factors, including misaligned teeth, teeth grinding, trauma to the jaw and even problems with neck and back alignment.
Dr. Lee will thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your dental health and discuss lifestyle habits in order to determine the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder- the key to treatment that is not only effective, but lasting. In some cases, daily stress is the primary cause of teeth grinding and resulting headaches. Dr. Lee works with patients on an individual basis to restore both dental health and overall physical well being as part of your treatment for a TMJ disorder.
Treatment for TMJ Headaches in Memphis
Dr. Lee will recommend appropriate treatment for your TMJ related headaches that is designed to address your unique dental health concerns and lifestyle habits. Treatment can include a range of options:
- Lifestyle changes: reducing stress may be the key to alleviating your headaches
- Mouth guard/splint therapy: the use of a custom mouth guard or dental splint to reposition the jaw is a common treatment for a TMJ disorder and can prevent teeth grinding
- Orthodontics: if misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, Dr. Lee may recommend orthodontics to straighten your smile and bring balance to the bite
- Restorative dentistry: restorative procedures such as bonding and dental crowns may be necessary to address tooth damage and adjust the alignment of the bite
Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Lee
The first step towards restoring your health and reducing painful headaches is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Lee in our Memphis dentist office. We welcome new patients and look forward to helping you get back your best quality of life with comprehensive, personalized dentistry. To schedule your appointment, contact our office at (901) 432-2761 or use our convenient online request form and we will contact you shortly.