TMJ and Headache Treatment in Tuscaloosa
Effective treatment for headaches, bite and alignment problems
Problems with the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, can lead to pain and stiffness in the head, face and jaw, and can cause headaches and even migraines.
The doctors at University General Dentistry have helped hundreds of patients with TMJ issues, and they can help you.
What is the TMJ?
The lower jaw is connected to the temporal bone of the skull on both sides of the head. This connection point is a flexible hinge joint called the temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). This joint enables the jaw to move for talking, chewing, and yawning. The jaw can move up and down as well as side to side in conjunction with muscles that are attached to the TMJ.
What is TMJ Disorder or TMD?
There can be problems connected with the TMJ, called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Bruxism is one of the more common problems associated with TMD. This is the condition where a person regularly clenches or grinds the teeth while sleeping, sometimes severely. When this occurs, a person can experience a host of side effects, including headaches, jaw joint pain, poor sleep and others. If you suffer from stress, it can exacerbate these side effects. Additionally, bad posture can lead to neck strain, which can then lead to Bruxism. TMD has also been associated with diet.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
It is common for people with TMJ disorder to have trouble with the joint and connecting muscles, which result in:
- Clicking or popping in the jaw when chewing or opening mouth wide
- Pain throughout the face
- Discomfort in the jaw and neck
- Stiff facial muscles
- Restricted movement of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Changes in bite and how the teeth fit together
Our TMJ Treatment Procedure
We can help our patients who suffer from TMJ disorder. During an examination, the doctor will look for any indications of TMJ disorder and will take X-rays if needed. Our conservative approach to treatment commonly involves creating a custom oral appliance to be worn while sleeping.
This can not only protect the teeth from the constant hard grinding or clenching, but can relieve symptoms such as jaw and neck discomfort by allowing the connecting muscles to relax more. An oral appliance can also sometimes help adjust a misaligned bite. When this occurs, the muscles endure less stress and are more relaxed in the new, correctly aligned position.
To make an appointment, call 855-440-2467 or click here to request an appointment online.