Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) brings a whole host of symptoms to sufferers. The pain from TMD itself is often accompanied by tooth or gum pain from grinding or clenching teeth. But among TMD’s secondary pains are headaches. Jaw pain can radiate creating headaches anywhere in a person’s head or even the neck and shoulders. TMD can also create migraine-like headaches.
The fact that these headaches are caused either by TMD jaw pain or by whatever is causing the TMD often eludes the most thorough doctors, because they’re trained in medical conditions other than those affecting the teeth and jaw. Many of today’s dentists, like those at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville are trained in new technology that is able to pinpoint the existence and degree of TMD, the optimal jaw alignment and other factors that both diagnose and determine treatment for TMD. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the alignment of your jaw and its surrounding muscles.
Treatment for TMD has matured as well. Using one or a combination of orthodontics, various types of technical equipment and dental procedures, dentists can reshape teeth, realign your jaw, relieve muscle spasms and even treat associated sleep disturbances. But, these technologies also can be instrumental in diagnosing and treating headaches associated with TMD. There’s no reason to live with TMD headaches.
For a complimentary TMD consultation at one of New Jersey’s finest dental clinics, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, New Jersey serving patients in the Newark area.