TMJ / Headaches & Migranes

     People who suffer from symptoms such as headaches, earaches, tenderness of the jaw muscles, or dull, aching facial pain may suffer from TMD: temporomandibular joint disorders. The muscles and joints may not function properly, resulting in cycles of pain and spasms. These disorders can have a variety of causes and usually can be treated by Dr. Levy. You may also have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Since TMD symptoms (eg, tooth clenching or grinding, headaches, jaw pain or discomfort, clicking, grating, difficulty in closing your jaw) can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely, and treatment takes time to be effective.

     Treatment is based on determining the underlying cause of the problem and correcting it, if possible.  Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen) can help to reduce inflammation in the jaw. Muscle spasms or muscle tension may be relieved by using moist heat packs on the affected area. A diet of soft foods is recommended. Biofeedback or relaxation exercises may also be effective.  Often a custom-made dental appliance, like the different kinds of occlusal guards that Dr. Levy can make, can help your TMD problem.

 

Many kinds of headaches are caused by excessive activity of your jaw muscles. This is often due to grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep at night, although clenching during the day, and habits using your teeth (prolonged gum chewing) can be responsible as well.  Dr. Levy can make you a dental appliance that can help prevent headaches from clenching and grinding, and has been shown to be very effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migranes. Don't hesitate to contact us to find out more about how we can help you with your migranes and headaches.