December 6, 2017
If you frequently suffer from migraines or head pain, you’ve probably tried everything to stop the pain. People turn to acupuncture, lavender oil, even special sounds known as binaural beats to cure their chronic headaches — but if your teeth and neck are misaligned, there may be one thing you’re overlooking. Dr. Bushdid provides TMJ therapy in South Miami to treat migraines that stem from a misaligned jaw and neck.
The temporomandibular joint, which we’ll refer to as the TMJ from here on out, is the hinge that connects your lower jaw to the skull. It’s a network of nerves, bones, and ligaments that allows your mouth to open, close, and move from side to side.
The TMJ is a crucial component of a healthy jaw — but it’s also easily injured. If you have a misaligned bite, like an overbite, underbite, or otherwise crooked teeth, you are likely to experience pain in the TMJ. That’s because your jaw must make minor adjustments to open and close properly, and over time, that adds up to a lot of extra strain. Facial trauma, like a blow to the face, can also cause issues with the TMJ. When the alignment of the joint is thrown off, we call it TMJ/TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Why Does TMJ/TMD Cause Head Pain?
Perhaps the most bothersome symptom of TMJ/TMD is head pain or migraines. Stress on the jaw caused by TMJ/TMD can trigger a full-blown migraine for people who are prone to them. Even people who don’t usually experience head pain can experience it due to the frequent pressure and stress caused by the misaligned jaw. Repeated contraction of the facial muscles may lead to facial, neck, and ear pain, too.
How To Know If Your Migraines Are Caused by TMJ/TMD
TMJ-related head pain is often misdiagnosed as pain from tension or stress. If you experience chronic headaches alongside these other symptoms of TMJ, that’s a good sign you would benefit from TMJ therapy. Take note of what else is going on alongside your headaches and also when they are likely to occur. Getting a correct diagnosis is key to finding the relief you need.
The symptoms of TMJ/TMD to watch out for include…
- A clicking, popping, aching jaw
- Difficulty using the jaw
- Facial or ear pain
- Nighttime teeth grinding
- Tingling extremities
- Neck pain
- Tinnitus (ringing the ears)
- Vertigo (dizziness)
What’s TMJ/TMD Treatment Like?
Too often, headaches that are caused by TMJ/TMD are treated ineffectively with medication, surgery, or another type of therapy. Dr. Bushdid treats TMJ/TMD by realigning your jaw to remove stress from your facial muscles and allow the jaw to function properly.
Got Head Pain? Talk to Us Today
Not all headaches are caused by TMJ, but many are. If you suspect that your migraines would respond to TMJ treatment, please don’t hesitate to seek the relief you desperately deserve. Request an appointment with your Coral Gables dentist today!
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