Chronic Headache or Earache? Ask Your Richmond Dentist About It

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Family Dentistry, TMJ Disorder

HeadachesFor some people, minor aches and pains are constant companions, and rather than seek treatment for these inconveniences, many prefer to grin and bear the discomfort until it fades. For instance, headaches, earaches, joint pain, and the like are common enough that people may discount their occurrences as typical. In other cases, the discomfort may be great enough to warrant seeking treatment, but headaches and earaches are common for many ailments, and finding the source to treat the condition is often difficult. As a family dentist in Richmond, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu has witnessed these symptoms many times in conjunction with dental issues. Today, he explains one of the most common reasons behind seemingly unexplained headaches, earaches, and other maladies.

Trouble with Your TMJs

Have you ever noticed that your jaw is one of the most movable parts of your body? When you bite, chew, or speak, your jaw moves in nearly every direction. The joints responsible for this movement are called temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, and connect your lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull. Located just in front of each ear, your TMJs and the muscles around them can become exhausted or damaged due to excessive strain. Damage can also occur from traumatic impact, a misaligned bite (malocclusion), and a host of other issues. Regardless of its origin, though, the resulting discomfort, known as TMJ disorder, can manifest itself in a number of ways, including repetitive headaches and earaches that do not respond to traditional treatments.

Other Issues Related to TMJ Disorder

Aside from headaches, earaches, and jaw soreness, TMJ disorder has also been associated with various other symptoms and side-effects as well, including:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, neck, and shoulders, especially when you bite, chew, or speak
  • Limited ability to open or close your mouth completely
  • An uncomfortable bite, as though your lower and upper teeth did not fit together properly when at rest
  • Facial swelling
  • Ringing in your ears

Treat TMJ Disorder in Richmond

To learn if TMJ disorder may be the source of your troubles, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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