There are various reasons why a patient would make a visit to their dentist including things like cavities, chipped teeth, toothaches, and bleeding gums. One reason not many people think of is visiting the dentist for frequent migraines and headaches. Dentists quite often see patients who are suffering from constant pain in their face, head, or neck. One of the reasons someone may experience severe migraines is because they suffer from temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMJ. Here is how dentistry can provide migraine relief.
What causes TMJ disorders?
According to Mayo Clinic, the temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. There is not one specific cause that leads to TMJ disorders, but some may include genetics, arthritis, or previous jaw injury. TMJ may show up in some people, and not others who have similar conditions. A few things to be cautious of that can lead to painful TMJ disorders are disks moving out of proper alignment, joint cartilage is damaged, or the joint is damaged by a blow or strong impact.
What are TMJ symptoms?
If you experience TMJ you may have pain or tenderness in your jaw, or in both temporomandibular joints. Eating may be extremely difficult and cause pain to your jaw and around your ear. One notorious symptom of TMJ disorders is constant headaches and never-ending migraines. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or chronic headaches and migraines it may be time to visit your dentist.
How we can help with migraine relief!
At Westmoreland Dental Group we specialize in TMJ and migraine relief. We now offer patients painless migraine therapy through the use of Botox. Botox was approved by the FDA in 2011 for chronic headaches and is injected into the affected head and neck muscles. It blocks nerve signals that are causing muscle movement and relaxes the muscles. Once the muscle is relaxed, it will reduce or eliminate facial pain. These injections only take a few minutes and remain effective for up to three months. Patients will begin to notice their lack of headaches and migraines following this treatment. The ideal treatment we provide would include a combination of anesthesia, Botox injects in selected areas and an NTI which is a specialized night guard.
If you are experiencing severe headaches and migraines and are interested in our treatment options, please visit us online here! Our mission is to provide quality dental care and relieve any pain you are suffering from. Check out Westmoreland Dental Group for more information today!