Migraine & TMJ Disorder Treatment
TMJ Disorder is a common condition in which a misaligned bite causes improper jaw alignment, potentially leading to a number of physical or physiological symptoms in the head and body. While pain may be a common manifestation of TMJ dysfunction, many of the other signs and symptoms may be less apparent. You may be unaware of the destruction that is happening with your jaw joints, teeth, and spine. As you age, your ability to cope with this damage may be diminished and the outcome of treatment can be compromised. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to better success in addressing TMJ misalignment.
What is TMJ Disorder (TMD)?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which are the triangular-shaped joints immediately in front of your ears, can cause a host of problems when even slightly misaligned. These tiny joints take more pressure and stress than most other joints in the body. A poor bite can place even more stress on the TMJ, causing facial muscles to strain in order to hold the jaw. As a result, this can stimulate tension in the head, neck, and shoulder muscles.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
The potential causes of TMJ Disorder may vary— the condition may simply exist because of your jaw’s natural anatomical structure, or TMD may arise from joint overuse, trauma, a breakdown of cartilage, or arthritis. Clenching or grinding your teeth at night can also inflame the nerves and muscles associated with the temporomandibular joints. Many times, existing scar tissue or muscle imbalance can lead to an improper bite and create the symptoms of TMJ Disorder. In other cases, low-level infections and auto-immune diseases have been known to result in the development of TMD. While there is no singular cause of TMJ Disorder, the best way to gauge whether you are affected by the condition is to consult with our Annapolis dentist, Yasaman Roland, DDS, about your symptoms. After assessing your concerns in person, Dr. Roland can perform a physical examination and/or take the necessary x-rays to help you determine whether your temporomandibular joints are causing or exacerbating the issue.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
If you have experienced one or more of the following symptoms, it could be from the small temporomandibular joints being out of place. Common symptoms of TMJ Disorder include:
- TMJ pain, noise, or clicking
- Migraines or other headaches
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Facial pain
- Receding gums
- Shoulder, neck, and back pain
- Restricted jaw movement
- Ear ringing, congestion/pressure
- Worn down and chipped teeth
A healthy and normal TMJ is quiet when it’s performing its function. A proper, balanced bite will ensure your jaw stays healthy and remain in its natural state.
Annapolis dentist Yasaman Roland, DDS uses the latest techniques to treat your symptoms without drugs by gently realigning the muscles and nerves associated with your TMJ.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
As opposed to simply treating the symptoms of TMD, Dr. Roland works to address the underlying cause of improper TMJ function and reduce or eliminate undue stress on these delicate joints. This approach is designed to consider your overall wellness and ensure all of your oral structures are working as intended. While treatment will be unique to each patient according to their unique symptoms and oral anatomy, Dr. Roland’s technique may involve realigning or remodeling the bones of the jaw so that the associated muscles and nerves are in the proper positioning. She may recommend wearing a custom oral appliance to help with this process. Working from the exterior structure inward, further treatment to reconstruct or reorient the teeth may be pursued to achieve a healthy bite. These measures are taken with the goal of alleviating, and preventing the return of, painful symptoms. Dr. Roland will thoroughly explain the details of your unique treatment plan at the time of consultation.
Migraine Pain Relief
Migraine headaches are often a common symptom of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). When the teeth don’t fit together properly, the muscles of the head and neck—along with the joints that hold your jaw—must compensate. They will work harder and go into spasm. Medication can be prescribed to mask the pain of a migraine; however, this is just a temporary solution to control the symptom rather than treating the cause of the problem. We can help determine if a link exists between the function of your jaw joints and your migraine headaches.
Schedule an Appointment for Migraine Pain Relief & TMJ Disorder Treatment
The pain of migraine headaches and the symptoms of TMJ Disorder can be alleviated with effective dental treatment. Please contact Dr. Roland for more information on our treatment options, or to schedule a consultation.