Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do you often wake up with a headache?
Chronic headaches are often a sign of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). Common causes of TMJ include teeth clenching and grinding, arthritis, a misaligned jaw, stress, or injury to the teeth or jaw. The temporomandibular joints are connected to the jawbone but can easily become painful when injured. TMJ can damage teeth and make it difficult to use the jaw and teeth properly. Dr. Ratti Handa offers treatment for chronic headaches and other TMJ symptoms in Acton, MA. She works with patients one-on-one to find a solution to this dental concern that aligns well with their specific budget, goals, and oral health needs.
Symptoms of TMJ
Along with headaches, patients may suffer from these common TMJ symptoms without knowing that they have a disorder:
- Jaw pain
- Stiffness in jaw muscles
- Jaw locking
- Pain in the temple area
- Facial pain
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Call Dr. Handa’s office at 978.212.3783. Our professional dental team is dedicated to giving patients comfortable and comprehensive care in a warm and friendly environment.
Before treatment, Dr. Handa will review your oral health, budget, and goals to determine if oral appliance therapy is the right solution for you. Oral appliance therapy utilizes a mouth guard-like appliance to keep teeth from touching. The appliance also takes the pressure off of the jaw for the patient’s comfort.
Patients with very mild TMJ symptoms may find at-home options useful in helping alleviate TMJ pain. Some of these solutions include:
- Jaw exercises
- Using a heat pack
- Relaxing your facial muscles
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
- Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest
However, if the pain does not go away, contact our office immediately for treatment. More moderate cases of TMJ can be treated with oral appliance therapy.
Request an Appointment
Stop chronic headaches at the source in our Acton, MA office. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Handa or a member of her team on our website. You may also call our office at 978.212.3783 for high-quality dental care.