Campus Family Dental
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Can you help with my jaw pain and headaches?

Did you know that sometimes jaw pain and headaches are related due to a condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ?

TMJ or TMJD is a broad description for a wide range of jaw-related issues. Some of the symptoms can include:

  • Clicking joints
  • Popping joints
  • Inability to open or close your jaw completely
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Teeth wear and fractures
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures
  • Gum recession
  • Bony growths under your tongue (tori)

Symptoms may come and go. For women, symptoms can be hormone related. Research shows a relationship between hormone levels and jaw pain. However, jaw disorders can affect both men and women. While many patients attribute it to stress, sometimes the cause goes much deeper.

We have the latest technology in our Bloomington, IN dental office to assist with the accurate diagnosis and treatment planning of a wide array of jaw disorders. We use splint therapy, occlusal equilibration (minute changes to your dentistry to change the way your bite comes together), and orthodontics to get you the relief you need to get a great night’s sleep and feel more comfortable throughout the day.

If you have a nighttime clenching and grinding habit, we can help with that, too! Wearing a nightguard can protect your teeth and prevent fractures and premature wear.