Headaches And TMJ Specialist

Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause serious life disruption, like headaches and jaw soreness. At Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the experienced dental team specializes in treating headaches and TMJ. If you suspect you’re suffering a TMJ disorder, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Headaches and TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is similar to a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause discomfort in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

TMJ disorders are usually caused by dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints, often a result of a misaligned bite. You experience straining of your neck and facial muscles, causing corrosion of the jaw joint and long-term pain and stiffness. Headaches and migraines often result from this straining as well, interfering with your quality of life. 

How do I know I’m suffering from a TMJ disorder?

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign of a TMJ disorder:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • Sensitive teeth to hot cold or biting
  • Teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Popping and clicking in the jaw joint, sore facial muscles, and ear pain

You may experience more than one of these symptoms. Teeth grinding, for example, can lead to headaches.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights. Take advantage of their advanced, non-invasive treatments to help you find relief from headaches and TMJ.

How are headaches and TMJ treated?

Muscle relaxation splint therapy and occlusal equilibration, along with other TMJ therapy options, can relieve even the most painful headache and TMJ symptoms. These interventions also restore absolute harmony to patients’ bites.

TMJ therapy may include:

  • Muscle relaxation therapy (splint therapy)
  • Mouth guards
  • Anterior deprogrammer
  • Bite adjustment to help establish equilibration
  • Neuromuscular sport guard

You may need to wear an orthotic appliance for a few weeks to realign your bite temporarily. If this temporary solution helps you get relief, your provider will recommend more permanent appliances or interventions to correct your bite misalignment. 

Ultimately, the goal of headache and TMJ treatments is to restore alignment and the natural function of the jaw to ease pain and dysfunction.

Come to Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights to find relief from headaches and TMJ. Call for an appointment today or use the online tool to book.