Are My Teeth Causing My Headache?

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

Headaches can occur due to numerous underlying issues. Some of these issues can be related to your teeth or issues involving your mouth and jaw such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Dental Issues That Can Lead to Headaches

Because so many facial and cranial nerves pass through the temple and the jaw area, problems with your teeth can lead to headaches. Pain from a toothache can spread throughout the face and head, and sometimes can affect the sinuses. Severe pain suspected to be related to a toothache should always be brought to your dentist’s attention immediately to prevent infection from spreading to the sinuses or even to the brain. This type of problem is particularly common in relation to impacted wisdom teeth.

TMD and Headaches

Another common cause of headaches is TMD. This occurs when the joint where the lower jaw meets the temple is misaligned, usually because of problems with your bite. TMD symptoms are varied and can affect the face, head, neck, ears, shoulders, the upper back, and beyond. Severe, persistent headaches, though, are a common side effect. These headaches are often mistaken for migraines, which can delay diagnosis.

Oklahoma City area neuromuscular dentist Dr. Terry Bass is experienced in dealing with TMD issues and can diagnose your headaches to see if TMD might be the cause. Treatment for TMD includes correcting your bite through cosmetic dentistry techniques or traditional orthodontic work. If you are in the Oklahoma City area and have migraine like headaches that might be due to TMD, please contact the offices of Terry Bass, DDS, for an evaluation and diagnosis.