Are you suffering from frequent headaches? The pain can negatively impact every aspect of your life, and you may be anxious to find out what kind of health problem could be triggering the chronic headaches. Worse still, if your headaches don’t respond well to medication, you may struggle to find relief.
There could be a surprising explanation for your headaches. At Life Smiles of Owasso, Dr. Heng Lim has helped many patients to get rid of their chronic headaches by evaluating and treating them for TMJ disorder.
Could your TMJ be the cause of your headaches?
TMJ Disorder and Headaches: The Connection
Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a joint on both sides of your head that attaches your jaw to the upper part of your skull. This joint is almost constantly in motion and it’s situated right in the middle of a complex hub of muscle fibers, ligaments, and major nerves. When something goes wrong with your TMJ, the discomfort can radiate out to almost any part of your head and cause discomfort in the form of eye pain, earaches, toothaches, neck pain, jaw pain, and even headaches.
TMJ disorder, also abbreviated TMD, is a term that applies to any dysfunction of your jaw joint, which may or may not cause jaw pain. This means that you could have a TMJ issue and not even realize it. The pain you feel in your head might be due to an as-yet-undetected imbalance in your bite.
Besides headaches that are otherwise unexplained, there are some other signs that you could be suffering from TMJ:
- An uneven bite or the sense that your teeth don’t fit together
- Pain when you chew, yawn, or otherwise move your jaw
- A clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth
- Habit of clenching or grinding your teeth
- Ringing in your ears
- Difficulty chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Shoulder pain
- Occasional inability to fully close your teeth together or to fully open
A Trusted Owasso Dentist for Headache Treatment
“Having had TMJ treatment with Dr. Lim, my lockjaw and headaches are now non-existent! Dr. Lim’s work is amazing!” – Michelle Richey
“Dr. Lim provided me with excellent orthodontic care, which helped to realign my TMJ. I have fewer headaches as a result. I highly recommend Life Smiles of Owasso.” – Jason Garrett
“After treatment with Dr. Lim, I felt so much better. I had been having headaches for a long time and now I no longer have headaches.” – Sandi Sutcliff
Dr. Lim has received advanced training in TMJ therapy through the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he was awarded a fellowship. His reputation has spread to where he has patients visiting him from all around the country for TMJ disorders and headaches associated with TMJ pain.
He has many years of experience in treating TMJ pain using non-medicated and non-invasive techniques. As a whole-health dentist, he takes a comprehensive and patient-focused approach to TMJ treatment by looking for ways to recalibrate the bite without surgery or unnecessary medication.
When you visit Dr. Lim for help with treating your headaches, he will start by taking diagnostic scans of your TMJ and carefully evaluating your bite. He will let you know if harmonizing your bite could help you get relief from TMJ pain and headaches.
Visit our page about TMJ dentist Dr. Lim to learn more about how he can help you identify and treat a TMJ issue.
Are you ready to break free from the aggravation of frequent headaches? Relief is on the horizon, because Dr. Lim and the rest of our team here at Life Smiles of Owasso are ready to help you.
Call us or request an appointment online.