How a TMJ Specialist Can Help with TMJ Headaches

Tmj Headaches New York, NY

One of the most prevalent symptoms of a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction is headaches. Tension headaches are the most prevalent type of headache, and TMJ headaches fall within this category. It typically feels like wearing an overly small hat, with discomfort forming a ring around the head or a migraine headache.

Causes of TMJ headaches

A variety of TMJ-related factors can cause tension headaches. Persistent muscular fiber contraction within a muscle can result in tension, pressure, or a tight feeling in the face and head. Perpetually tense muscle fibers impede or limit blood flow to that location. Vascular headaches occur when the body delivers extra blood to certain locations, resulting in a rise in general blood pressure in the muscles and brain. TMJ symptoms such as clenching and grinding the teeth cause pain in the head muscles, resulting in a headache.

Unfortunately, because these headaches can be so frequent or severe, they are sometimes misinterpreted as migraine headaches and treated as such. TMJ specialists have encountered patients who have been suffering from headaches for months or even years before knowing that a properly trained dentist could help them.

Only headache therapy provided by a TMJ specialist, in many situations, keeps the muscles happy because they work less hard to perform their functions. The TMJ specialist can relieve most headache problems associated with TMJ, muscle, nerve, and joint diseases by realigning the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and repositioning the jaw to its ideal position. The specialist aligns the jaw and bite, reducing severe headaches such as migraines, neck and shoulder pain, jaw clicking or popping, and even tinnitus or ringing in the ears.

A TMJ specialist has innovative equipment and techniques to check if the jaw and bite are properly aligned. They will work on repositioning the jaws to ensure proper alignment. The goal is to keep patients pain-free and enable them to enjoy their life again with effective headache treatment.

TMJ headache treatment

TMJ headache treatment includes the following:

Relieving muscle spasms and discomfort: The priority for the TMJ specialist is to alleviate the patient's discomfort. The various techniques available help with pain alleviation by increasing the body's natural anesthetic endorphin production.

Bite stabilization: Often, a temporary device called an orthotic is worn over the teeth, allowing the specialist to make simple adjustments to the plastic without altering the teeth until the bite is stable. The professional will move on to the next step and permanently adjust the bite to the correct position after easing the symptoms and stabilizing the bite.

Long-term treatment plan. After the first two phases, the TMJ specialist will likely recommend one of many long-term treatment options. These treatment options could include coronoplasty (smoothing and contouring the enamel of the teeth to improve the bite) or reconstruction.

Battling TMJ?

If you are experiencing TMJ headaches, you should consider visiting a TMJ specialist for treatment and headache pain relief. Contact the office today to book an appointment.

Request an appointment here: https://www.stevensyropdds.com or call Steven B. Syrop, DDS at (212) 548-3272 for an appointment in our New York office.

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