You would be surprised by how many illnesses can be linked back to the care of your mouth. For example, some patients come in with complaints of having migraines over a prolonged period. At times, these are linked to a condition known as TMJ disorder.
Treating TMJ disorder could offer a natural migraine relief for sufferers.
Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
The Temporomandibular Joint essentially links your skull to the lower jawbone.
Without it, you would not be able to open your mouth to consume food, drink, or be able to sing and speak. These joints are further linked to muscles, which provide support. However, they connect to your shoulders, chest, cheeks, throat, and your head, at the sides of your temple.
How TMJ Disorders Develop
Patients with a TMJ disorder, generally have misaligned teeth. When your teeth are not properly positioned in your mouth, these joints are improperly positioned also. The muscles supporting the joints then try to accommodate for the disposition.
This can lead to migraines if it is the muscles leading to your face or head.
With TMJ, the muscle pain is occurring in your head, mimicking that of a migraine. Misdiagnosis of this condition often occurs because doctors tend to treat the symptom, which is the migraine, and not investigate the cause of the pain.
Thankfully, you can get a more in-depth analysis and stop the pain with migraine treatment in Chicago, at our practice.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
There are many ways you can tell if you have TMJ, rather than another condition.
- Jaw pain
- Teeth grinding
- Shoulder or neck pain
- Jaw popping or locking
- Pain in your face
- Ear pain
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Neuromuscular Dentists Treat TMJ in Chicago
For years, I have been able to adequately assess patients’ symptoms and make a diagnosis based on years of experience and expertise in neuromuscular dentistry.
This allows for better insight, than general dentists have, into whether the jaw is functioning capably. If not, then there are any number of health problems that can occur.
There is also another connection to be made in working towards providing natural migraine relief.
Relationship between the Trigeminal Nerve and Migraines
The trigeminal nerve can relay signals, which triggers a domino effect of pain in the brain.
If you grind your teeth, this often causes the nerve to become stimulated, and then there is a release of chemicals. These chemicals cause sinus pressure and swelling. Then, as a result, you can feel a throbbing pain in their head.
Frequent migraines mean the trigeminal nerve is being stimulated very often by the teeth, and jaw muscles.
Seek Natural Migraine Relief and Migraine Treatment in Chicago
There are several treatment options available at the Meyer Dental Group offices in Chicago. One of which is the TENS treatment.
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Patients are typically treated to a gentle massage of the related muscles linked to the condition. It is a great way for patients to relax and indulge less in stress-related teeth grinding.
Depending on the severity of the case, custom-made orthotics or surgery is also used.
Visit our website or call us to set up an appointment at our Mt Prospect/TMJ clinic and begin your migraine treatment today. For some patients, the road towards natural migraine relief requires a series of appointments and treatment sessions.
Take back control of your life and your oral health today!