Frequent headaches that have remained undiagnosed can be the symptom of a bite disorder or dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When the bite is misaligned or being stressed by muscular tension, recurring headaches can often result and be accompanied by jaw, neck or ear pain. Shippensburg dentist Dr. Zachary Sisler has advanced training in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMJ related headaches. A graduate of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Sisler incorporates the practice of complete dentistry into your care, taking the time to evaluate all aspects of your oral health, including the function of the jaw joints.
TMJ Headaches: What To Consider
When the teeth do not make proper contact and the jaw joints are not in proper alignment, it creates stress and tension in the muscles and face which can lead to recurring headaches. Tension in the jaw and mouth throughout the day and teeth grinding can also contribute to chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Sisler will evaluate the function of your bite and discuss your lifestyle habits to determine the most effective treatment for addressing your symptoms. Common symptoms can include:
- TMJ Headache Symptoms
- Pain in the temples or back of the head
- Morning headaches
- Pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back
- Migraine headaches
- Teeth grinding, teeth clenching
The key to lasting relief lies in the comprehensive, in depth analysis that Dr. Sisler can provide when evaluating your bite and your symptoms. He will work with you on an individual basis to determine the right treatment and restore both comfort and function to your bite.
Treating TMJ Headaches in Shippensburg
Treatment for TMJ headaches can range from simple oral appliance therapy, using a night guard or splint, to advanced bite correction therapy which involves reshaping the teeth so that they make proper contact. Dr. Sisler will begin with the most conservative approach possible with the goal of repositioning the jaw for a natural, comfortable bite. Relieving muscle tension and stress on the TMJ through appropriate dentistry will provide lasting relief and improved oral health.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have been suffering from recurring headaches or experiencing any of the other common signs of a TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sisler in our Shippensburg, PA dentist office. We welcome new patients and are convenient for many local communities. Contact us at (717) 532-8740 or request one online.