What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ is the Temporomandibular joint i.e. the joint between the skull and the lower jaw. Any problem in this joint is called TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.

What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ Disorder/ TMD?

  • Clicking and popping of joint while opening it wide

  • Reduced mouthopening or forward movement of jaw

  • Jaw going to one side while opening or jaw not opening in a straight line (deflection/deviation)

  • Pain in Joint area

  • Headache, neck ache, shoulder ache, back ache


How can teeth problems cause long term headaches or migraines?

Sometimes when the way your teeth meet (also known as bite or occlusion) is not proper, the muscles of the head, neck and face have to work extra hard to keep the jaw in place and they are under constant strain. The constant strain causes development of chronic headaches.

How can I know the my headache is related to dental problems?

The dentist will check your bite, the way your jaw moves, your muscles and give you a simple diagnostic device to check if your headache is really due to bite issues.

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If my headache is due to bite issues, what happens next?

There are various treatment methods to correct bite which may take 10 days to sometimes even 2 years to treat. Various methodologies are-

  • Wearing a permissive splint

  • Removal of any deflective contacts

  • Orthodontic(Braces/Aligners) treatment

  • Full mouth rehabilitation

What happens if I don’t get treatment done?

Due to long term wrong placement of jaw you may develop temporomandibular joint disorder which is irreversible. Common symptoms include

  • Clicking of jaw joints

  • Pain on moving the jaw

  • Reduced mouth opening

  • Limited movements of jaw

  • Deviation of jaw

  • Difficulty in eating hard food

Why should I choose Veda Dentistry and Cosmetology for my headache issues?

Recognising and treating bite issues and occlusal problems are usually not taught in depth in dental colleges. Dr. Shruti Goel, our principal dentist, has done various advanced courses to diagnose and treat such cases.