Do Frequent Headaches Mean We Have TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder, often referred to as TMD, could be caused by several factors and without treatment, could be linked to complications like headaches and even teeth grinding. Fortunately, your Austin, MN, dentists know how to diagnose and treat issues like TMD, restoring the health and comfort of your smile with a custom oral appliance.

The Warning Signs of TMD

The disorder develops when the joints connecting your jaw and skull, known as temporomandibular joints, become strained. The stress could impact how your smile fits together, an even lead to issues fully opening and closing your mouth. Common symptoms include headaches, migraines, popping or crackling in the jaw, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, and if you also grind your teeth due to TMD, tooth sensitivity and toothaches. Causes could include tooth loss, bite imbalance, dental misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, untreated bruxism, or high levels of stress. If you encounter one or more of these potential warning signs then contact our team today.

The Value of Treatment

With treatment, we can reposition the jaw to ease strain, and also place a barrier between the upper and lower teeth prevent damage due to teeth grinding., You enjoy a more comfortable smile, and protect yourself from oral health complications that arise from damaged teeth, such as tooth decay and dental infection. Our team will carefully examine your smile with digital imaging technology, enabling us to pinpoint the potential causes of your TMJ troubles, and assess the severity. From there, we create a personalized treatment plan to correct your oral health concern.

Creating Your Custom Oral Appliance

To create an oral appliance, we take detailed digital images and combine them to favorite a 3D model of your smile. The model enables us to custom fit an oral appliance in a dental lab setting. The device, when worn at night, fits like a mouthguard and helps reposition the jaw and prevent bruxism-related damage. Along with this treatment option, we could also help by correcting dental misalignment or even restoring bite balance with the placement of a dental crown. If you have any questions about how we approach diagnosing and treating issues like TMJ disorder or bruxism, or if you have symptoms that need attention, then contact our team today. We would love to work with you to help make 2021 the year you and your family enjoy optimal oral health!


Our team wants to prevent TMD from causing serious complications for your smile, safeguarding the health, function, and stability of your smile. Be sure to contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312. We want to help you enjoy a comfortable and balanced bite.