The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your lower jawbone to your skull. This joint is protected and supported by an intricate system involving muscles, ligaments, and a small sac of fluid. This system must remain in balance to function correctly, and if disturbed, the nearby nerve endings can trigger a myriad of painful symptoms.
The most common sign that your jaw may not be adequately aligned is a chronic headache or a migraine with and without auras.
How the Dentist can Help Your TMJ Issues
TMJ disorder (TMD) is often caused by tooth crowding, overbite, underbite, or teeth grinding (bruxism). A misaligned bite or persistent clenching, can move the joint out of alignment and affect the surrounding muscles. These muscles become strained while working to compensate for the loss of jaw function. The constricted muscles compress nerves leading to the head, shoulders, and chest.
Should I See a Dentist about my Migraine Headaches
Medical doctors may approach migraine treatment in various ways and have many forms of technology to help them find the source of your condition. There is nothing wrong with seeking relief from your primary care physician, and you should do so if you are experiencing significant discomfort.
However, since you see your dentist regularly, it is worth mentioning your migraine symptoms during a routine visit.
If you have ever had braces, grind your teeth, or ever have difficulty opening your mouth entirely, TMJ disorder may very well be the cause of your headaches.
Other Symptoms of TMJ Disorder:
- Jaw Locking or Popping
- Eye Pain
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Facial Pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Ear pain
- Jaw Pain or Spasms
Ending Migraines by Treating TMJ Pain
Neuromuscular dentistry can provide simple solutions to severe chronic headaches. This may be as simple as wearing an occlusal guard (mouth guard) to allow the surrounding muscles to relax enough for the TMJ supportive system to regain its natural balance.
Call San Gabriel Valley Family Dental to Learn More About How a simple Dental Treatment Might Cure Your Migraines