TMJ Disorders & Migraine Headache Treatment
What is TMD?
TMD refers to disorders of the Temporormandibular Joint (TMJ). These disorders are characterized by soreness, aching and pain in the jaw and headaches. Patients with TMD may hear a persistent clicking when they chew and may even experience facial pain. TMJ disorders can be very mild or very severe. They may last for short periods in a person’s life, or long term. Our orofacial pain specialist is uniquely qualified to treat TMJ disorders in a non-surgical manner. In addition, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in treating problems with the bones of the face that may require surgical intervention.
Symptoms of TMD
- Painful, sore jaws
- Clicking when chewing
- Headaches and migraines
- Facial pain
- Locked joint
- Reduced range of motion
What causes TMD
TMJ disorders can be caused by excessive clenching and grinding – actions which damage the joint’s cartilage. This may be due to stress or other factors. Another cause of TMD is the erosion or displacement of the disk. The joint may also be damaged by injury or impact.
TMD and Migraines
TMJ disorders can cause chronic headaches and even migraines. If you have problems with headaches, we have a variety of methods to treat your TMD to get your headaches and migraines under control.
Treatment Methods for TMD
In treating TMD, we always start with conservative methods before considering invasive treatments such as surgery. Some of the most common methods of relieving TMD include:
- Night guards or splints to protect the jaw
- Stress management techniques
- Home Care:
- Eating soft foods
- Warm, moist compresses
- OTC pain medications
- Injections of muscles and/or joints
- Surgical treatment
Is TMD common?
Yes. Estimates are as high as 30%-50% of adults that suffer from TMJ pain. However, patients are able to obtain pain relief and regain function with appropriate treatment.
Is surgery required for TMJ pain?
Rarely. Surgery is considered a last-resort treatment for TMJ disorders.
Are your ready to get out of pain?
If you are suffering from TMD, jaw pain, or facial pain call The Barns Office Center Phone Number 845-278-2101 with questions or to make an appointment. We will help you find relief from your pain and get you smiling again!