Did you know that headaches can be linked to a complex dental issue?
If you have been experiencing headaches, especially in the morning, it can be linked to temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMD is a complex dental problem that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ connects the jaw to your skull and is responsible for helping you do the daily tasks of eating, speaking, and laughing. When there is a problem with TMJ, patients may experience frequent symptoms like:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw joint, neck, face, and even the shoulders
- Locking of the jaw
- TMJ headaches
- Clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw
At Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants in Cohoes, NY, Dr. Frederick Marra offers a range of treatment to minimize your symptoms and restore health to your smile. During your visit to our Cohoes dental office, Dr. Marra performs a comprehensive exam to check for signs of TMD and other bite disorders. It is imperative that patients visit the dentist to find relief for their symptoms and avoid the need for more complex dental treatment.
During your visit, Dr. Marra will carefully examine your entire occlusal system to check for problems in your bite. Dr. Marra also looks for signs of teeth grinding, cracked teeth, and worn teeth. Undiagnosed TMD or other bite disorders can lead to complex dental problems in the future. Dr. Marra encourages patients to schedule preventive care visits biannually to ensure there aren’t any serious dental problems arising.
To effectively treat TMD, Dr. Marra focuses on stabilizing your bite and minimizing your symptoms. Depending on your needs, Dr. Marra may suggest a TMJ mouthguard and /or bite correction therapy to realign your teeth and keep them protected.
TMJ Mouthguard: To prevent teeth grinding, Dr. Marra may suggest the use of a mouthguard. We can create custom-made mouthguards to help patients protect their teeth while they sleep and alleviating the discomfort or pain they may feel upon waking up.
Bite Correction Therapy: If your bite is misaligned, it can cause a domino effect of dental problems. Dr. Marra may suggest dental crowns, orthodontics, or dental bonding as solutions to realign the teeth and alleviate your symptoms.
Visit Our Cohoes, NY Dental Office
To find relief from your TMJ headaches and alleviate your symptoms, schedule a visit with Dr. Marra. Dr. Marra is committed to helping patients achieve a functional, healthy smile and works with you to find the right solution for your dental needs. If you would like to explore your treatment options, you can visit our Cohoes, NY dentist office.