There are many types of headaches, but they all disrupt your day, affect your mood, and keep you from functioning normally. While headaches are often multifactoral, muscular tension can be a significant contributing factor. Most commonly, facial pain and temporal headaches are due to tension in the group of muscles that close and open your mouth.
These muscles are designed to function in harmony with the shape and position of your teeth and the jaw joints, staying relaxed and pain free. But, when there is disharmony between the joints and the teeth, the muscles have to work overtime to be sure your teeth come together safely every time.
Headaches are a common result of these muscles overworking into fatigue and spasm. The pain in the chewing muscles that attach your forehead, cheekbones, and temples to your lower jaw cause the headaches most of us are familiar with.
It has been our repeated experience we are able to significantly decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of our patients’ headaches by balancing their bite so that they can realize occlusal harmony, and their muscles can rest.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) pain is a complex syndrome (more accurately named TMD, or Temporo-Mandibular Disorders) with many many different causes. The common thread is a characteristic pain in the jaw joints (just in front of the ears), temples and face from the cheek bone to the jawline.
People often note a limited range of motion and/or clicking and popping when opening and closing. Muscles that fatigue easily when chewing, or a jaw that occasionally locks open or closed are also signs that point to a TMD.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you are not alone. It has been estimated that up to 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorder and Pain, yet there are very few medical professionals who are properly trained and experienced to diagnose and treat these potentially debilitating disorders. Fortunately, with proper diagnosis and an appropriate individualized treatment plan, many TMJ disorder patients can find relief without medication, injections, or long term active care and therapy.
Dr. Forgosh has extensive post graduate training that gives him the skills and experience to find the cause of the problem, and discover the least invasive and most predictable solutions for that specific patient. Dr. Forgosh has helped many people overcome their TMDs with symptoms ranging from tired jaws to debilitating headaches and facial pain. He understands the importance of an accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plan.