Unexplained headaches can be more than just a a pain in the neck, and may actually be a good reason to see your dentist. Many chronic headache sufferers are unaware that they may actually be experiencing “dental headaches” as a result of crooked teeth, aka malocclusion. Teeth that do not line up properly put you at risk of developing TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorders. This results in discomfort radiating from your neck and jaw, potentially triggering chronic headaches, migraines and several other complications.
TMD refers to dysfunction in one or both of your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) located on either side of your face, near your temples. Because your TMJs are the most frequently used joints in your body, they can become overworked, and sore. Crooked teeth exacerbate this soreness by misaligning your jaw, causing pain to radiate throughout your face, head and neck, resulting in headaches or migraines. Many TMD sufferers also have a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth, known as bruxism, which is another known headache trigger.
Because malocclusion does not typically subside on its own, correcting your crooked teeth may be necessary for headache relief. Depending on the severity of your malocclusion and amount of correction needed, treatment may include braces or Invisalign aligners. For many adults with crooked teeth, Invisalign offers a discreet option to traditional braces in the form of invisible plastic aligners that can be removed before eating and brushing your teeth. Whether you currently experience headaches or not, we advise scheduling a dental examination as soon as possible if one or more of your teeth are crooked. By correcting them now, you can help prevent crooked teeth from developing into headaches, or more.
About Your Fort Worth Family Dentist:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.