How your teeth could be causing your headaches
Unsightly, crooked teeth reflecting back from your mirror are a daily reality that you don’t have the coveted Beverly Hills smile you have always wanted, but what if the state of your teeth are creating other health issues as well?
Do you have chronic and severe headaches or migraines, especially in the morning? Does your jaw sometimes ache for no apparent reason? These are just a few of the known symptoms of TMJ, a painful joint disorder that is sometimes caused by teeth that are out of alignment.
How can your teeth cause TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is located on both sides of your head and directly in front of your ear. This small piece of human machinery connects your upper skull area with your lower jaw, and it is the reason you can easily chew, yawn, talk and move your jaw from side-to-side.
When your teeth fit together properly, this joint moves smoothly and is in perfect harmony with the rest of your body. When a misalignment of your teeth occurs, either due to genetics or teeth that have shifted on their own, the result is a bad bite that no longer fits together.
When this happens, your body intuitively begins to grind its teeth together in an effort to force them back into alignment. The additional force placed on the jaw joint through clenching and grinding your teeth may cause a repetitive injury to your TMJ. This one seemingly minor issue of crooked teeth becomes an injury that results in a trickle-down effect of pain symptoms throughout your body.
Headaches and jaw pain are just the beginning.
What are some other symptoms?
Here are a few of the most common TMJ symptoms seen by your Brentwood, California dentist:
- Chronic and severe headaches
- Aching jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Stiff neck
- Pain that radiates down the arm
- Tingling or numbness in your fingers
What can you do?
Schedule a consultation with your Santa Monica dentist to determine whether your chronic headaches are actually the result of crooked teeth. If so, your dentist can determine a treatment plan to straighten your teeth and move them back into proper alignment.