Headache therapy varies depending on the underlying cause of the headache. Many of the people who suffer from chronic headaches are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder. Issues with the temporomandibular joint can cause headaches and other problems for many people. Thankfully, advances in technology are helping many people who suffer from TMJ problems find relief.
The staff at Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is highly trained and experienced in treating TMJ disorders. We use our expertise to help many patients who suffer from TMJ disorders. Our comprehensive therapy options help ease the pain associated with problems with the temporomandibular joint.
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jaw bone to the rest of your head. It moves as you eat, laugh, and speak. When there’s a problem with this joint, it can result in pain in the jaw, spasms, ear pain, headaches, and more.
These symptoms can severely impact your quality of life. TMJ disorders make it difficult and uncomfortable to eat, laugh, and talk. In addition, the headaches caused by TMJ disorders can also be debilitating. This is a condition that doesn’t resolve itself on its own. When untreated, the symptoms can continue to worsen.
Thankfully, our staff is knowledgeable about the best way to treat TMJ disorders through TMJ and headache therapy. Treatment includes correcting the position of the jaw and head to help reduce and eliminate symptoms. This is accomplished through treating the TMJ disorder and any underlying issues. By striving to restore normal function of the jaw, you can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort associated with the disorder.
Treating TMJ disorders also works as a headache therapy, reducing or eliminating headaches associated from the disorder. Specific treatment plans are developed based on the exact cause of your TMJ disorder. Your dentist will perform a number of tests to help determine the cause of your TMJ. They will then work on creating a plan to help treat your specific condition.
While TMJ disorders aren’t necessarily a tooth or jaw problem, finding a well-trained dentist with experience in treating TMJ disorders is your best bet for a full recovery. This is because they thoroughly understand the anatomy of the area and have a working knowledge of what treatments are effective.
Treatment options typically include removable dental appliances to help reposition the jaw. Occasionally, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS is used to help relax the muscles in the area. Your dentist will help you realign your bite with the use of the specially designed dental appliance. Treatment is progressive and can take a fair amount of time. However, restoring full and normal function is vital to the health of the joint and in relieving symptoms.
Not all dentists are adequately qualified to treat TMJ disorders. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a TMJ disorder, you will want to seek help from a qualified and experienced dentist. Speak with the dentists in your area to determine if they have the ability to provide quality TMJ disorder treatment and headache therapy.
Untreated TMJ disorders will lead to worsening symptoms. Continued misalignment of the jaw can lead to further complications. For example, untreated TMJ disorders often result in bruxism. This occurs when your teeth grind frequently. This contributes to unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth. Teeth grinding can weaken teeth, making them more susceptible to decay and breakage.
A qualified dentist will be able to assess your specific situation to determine the best course of treatment. With proper use of a TENS unit followed by a K-7 machine you can be on the path to pain relief. TMJ disorder treatment and headache therapy can vary between individuals. It’s important to find a specialist who can best utilize treatment options in a way to help your situation. This style of treatment plan has proven to be much more effective than other therapies or over the counter medications.
Finding a dentist with experience treating TMJ disorders in your area shouldn’t be difficult. Speak with friends and family who have suffered from a TMJ disorder. This gives you a good idea of who they’ve worked with to relieve their condition. It’s also a good idea to read reviews online to get an idea of which provider has been able to successfully treat patients with similar conditions. You can also call and speak directly with the staff at the dentist office. Ask about the experience they have treating TMJ disorders and what type of treatment plans they utilize. Remember that as a patient, you have control over who you see for treatment.