I love to help others, but like many people today, I don't have a huge bank account that allows me to make large donations to charities. I still try to donate items I can afford to the needy, and two items that are always appreciated by local food banks are toothpaste and toothbrushes. These two items can make huge differences in the lives of needy people who cannot afford them, as it helps them keep their teeth healthy now and avoid expensive dental bills in the future. Remember that giving does not have to mean donating large sums of money to charities. I created this blog to remind people that giving dental care items to the needy can be a great contribution to society that anyone can afford.
If you've started having frequent headaches, it could be your jaw that's the problem. A misaligned jaw irritates muscles and nerves in your head and neck. This can bring on headaches, especially after eating a meal. Temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ, is a condition where the jaw bones deteriorate causing you pain. Your dentist can diagnose this condition and offer several treatment options to reduce the pain and headaches.
The Anatomy of Your Jaw
Where your lower jaw fits against your upper jaw at the back of your mouth is a structure called the temporomandibular joint. Muscles hold the bones together and cartilage prevents them from rubbing directly against each other. The alignment of the lower jaw with the upper is important for the proper alignment of your teeth. This affects your ability to chew effectively.
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Should you have a problem with the muscles in this joint, or the bones begin to deteriorate, pain is the result. The jaw bones can rub against each other, causing pain and swelling in the joint. Your jaws will be misaligned, causing your bite to be off. This puts stress on the joint causing more pain. One common sign of TMJ is a slight clicking sound when you chew as the jaw bones rub against each other. Other symptoms you can have include:
Your dentist like one from White Oaks Dental Office will take a number of x-rays and measurements to determine the amount of misalignment of your jaw. They will check your bite to see how far off it is from normal. Once they know the amount of misalignment, your dentist will offer a number of treatments.
Treatment of TMJ
The treatment of TMJ focuses on the reduction of inflammation and pain while restoring the normal alignment of the jaw. The most common treatment options include:
It may take several months to return the proper alignment of your jaw. During this time, your dentist will use medication to help you be comfortable. Your frequent headaches will disappear as your jaw returns to normal and the swelling in the joint goes away.