Rochester Dentist Discusses TMD-Related Headaches


Do you find yourself suffering from frequent headaches? Do you also experience a crackling or popping sensation in your jaw? If so, you could be displaying symptoms of a serious medical issue known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. Your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, offers comfortable and minimally invasive treatment for TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, Dr. Calcagno discusses the link between TMD and headaches. She also offers a simple treatment option.

TMJ Disorder

TMD results from strain placed on the temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints. These joints connect the jaw to the skull. They also control all jaw movement, including the motions necessary to eat and speak. When excessive stress is placed on the jaw joints, patients may experience discomfort when speaking, eating, or even yawning.

Symptoms of TMD

There are multiple symptoms to watch for, including:

  • Tooth sensitivity and toothaches
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Earaches and tinnitus
  • Jaw and face pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If you experience a persistent case of one or more of these symptoms, contact your Rochester MN general dentist right away.

Treating TMJ Disorder

There are multiple factors that can cause the onset of TMJ disorder. The two most common causes are bite misalignment and bruxism, or teeth grinding. Dr. Calcagno offers a treatment option that addresses both causes. An oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, will be prescribed and worn at night. The device repositions the jaw, easing misalignment. The appliance also prevents upper and lower teeth from touching, ending episodes of teeth grinding and reducing the symptoms of TMD.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester MN General Dentist

Are you exhibiting one or more symptoms of TMJ disorder, including jaw pain or headaches? Then talk to your Rochester, MN general dentist, Dr. Calcagno, today. Dr. Calcagno will diagnose the cause, and assess the severity of, your TMJ disorder and recommend the most appropriate treatment. To schedule an appointment, call our 55902 dentist office at (507) 281-3659. Also, visit our website for services, before and after photos, and testimonials. Dr. Calcagno offers patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve the residents of Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington and surrounding communities.