The symptoms for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can sometimes be ambiguous. For example, the jaw dysfunction can lead to sore jaw muscles, sensitive teeth, ringing in your ears, and even chronic headaches and migraines – all of which could indicate a number of other conditions, as well. However, when you experience a symptom like chronic migraines long enough without any obvious cause, TMJ disorder may one of the more likely causes. At our Newhall, CA, dental office, we offer customized TMJ treatment to help patients understand and address their chronic discomfort.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder can mean a variety of things, from extreme stress on one or both jaw joints to arthritis or physical injury, or more. In each case, the condition inhibits the joints’ ability to move smoothly and at the same time together, which makes movements like biting, chewing, and speaking increasingly more difficult. The worse the condition gets, the more uncomfortable your jaw’s joints and nerves become and the more difficult it becomes for your jaw to move properly.
Why it’s such a headache
The nerve group that innervates your jaw, known as the trigeminal nerve group, also innervates the rest of your craniofacial structures. The group is called the trigeminal nerve because it branches off in three directions, one of which is near your jaw. When TMJ disorder causes your jaw joints to swell or move in a way that they’re to meant to, this can severely aggravate the trigeminal branch closest to them. The pain can pass through each of the other branches, as well, leading to the wide range of symptoms commonly associated with TMJ disorder (including severe migraines).
Is there a solution for it?
TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of different factors, but once it’s accurately diagnosed, we can often help patients find relief from it with the help of a custom-designed oral appliance. The appliance is similar to a mouthguard but designed to support your jaw rather than protect your teeth, allowing your jaw to rest comfortably and your TMJs to heal. As the joints regain their proper balance and function, the symptoms of your TMJ disorder should subside, including the frequency and intensity of your migraines.
Find relief from TMJ migraines
Chronic headaches and migraines are just one of many potential symptoms that may be alleviated with custom-designed TMJ treatment. For more information, or to find out if you can benefit from a custom TMJ appliance, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.