If you have been experiencing a painful jaw or headache, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder (TMJ/TMD). This is a common issue for many people, particularly for aging women. Although anyone can suffer from routine headaches, if you find your pain originates in the jaw or the jaw joint, the culprit can be TMJ. Symptoms of TMJ are typically caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth, which causes severe jaw pain, headaches and more. Although these symptoms are not life threatening, the pain can be insufferable. Disorders such as TMJ/TMD can unfortunately wear down the enamel on teeth and over time, it can lead to more severe oral health issues.
People who suffer from TMJ/TMD may not even realize the source of the discomfort. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching often happens while sleeping. If you find yourself with symptoms or struggle with headaches, visiting with the friendly staff at Park Slope Dental Arts can help. We aim to provide exceptional dental care to new and current patients.