Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can cause tension headaches and headaches which are often misdiagnosed as migraines. If you suffer from migraine headaches, you may actually have a TMJ disorder. Integrated Dental Aesthetics can help. We begin with a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you have TMJ-related migraine. You can often experience relief from symptoms during the diagnostic process.
Evaluating Your Bite
We begin your TMJ evaluation using
the K7 Evaluation System, which provides us with a sophisticated computer analysis of jaw tracking, electromyography and joint sonography to evaluate your bite. Among the things this equipment allows us to record are:
- Jaw tracking notes the position of your jaw at rest and any joint dysfunction while in motion.
- Electromyography measures the electrical activity, stress or fatigue in the muscles that move and position your jaw.
- Sonography records the dysfunctional sounds or vibrations your jaw joint makes while in use.
We use this data, along with TENS (transcutaneous electro neural stimulation), to determine the optimal position and path of your jaw. TENS is like a gentle stimulative massage that relaxes the muscles in your face, neck and jaw. Many patients experience relief from TMJ pain, including headaches during their TENS session. When the teeth and joints are in an optimal and harmonious position with relaxed muscles, chronic headaches can be eliminated.
Drug-Free Non-Surgical Migraine Treatment
People who are diagnosed with migraines suffer from chronic pain for years and are typically prescribed medications, including progressively stronger pain killers, with little or no effect. Our neuromuscular migraine treatment does not involve taking drugs. We may permanently get rid of your headaches by correcting your bite. Phase one treatment is accomplished through reversible, non-invasive orthotic therapy to position the jaw in a relaxed, physiologically balanced relationship. While headaches may be your primary reason for seeking TMJ migraine treatment, you will enjoy many other benefits.
Some dentists recommend treating TMJ with surgery. In the absence of acute trauma that is almost never necessary. Our phase one TMJ headache treatment is non-surgical, non-invasive and reversible
How TMJ Causes Migraines and Headaches
TMJ-related migraines are thought to be caused by involvement of the trigeminal nerve or a direct connection of a small muscle (Rectus capitis posterior minor) located at the base of the skull to the dura of the brain. Over 40 percent of your brain’s energy goes to processing trigeminal nerve signals. This nerve feeds your teeth, jaws, lips, tongue, palate, face, sinus and eyes. It is closely associated to your jaw joint and it is married to the vagus, facial and hypoglossal nerves. The trigeminal nerve is involved in migraine headaches due to an overload of noxious stimuli when the teeth, jaws and muscles are not in harmony. Alternatively, when there is tension in the neck at the base of the skull, the RCPM muscle distends the dura of the brain, which is exquisitely sensitive to pain signals.
Dr. Robert Logan is a neuromuscular dentist who has received extensive education in the relationship between the nerves, muscles and joints in your head and neck. He always considers this entire system together when treating your dental problems. Headache treatment and migraine treatment through neuromuscular dentistry is the most effective and healthiest way to treat headaches caused by TMJ.
To learn more about migraine treatment and headache treatment, or to schedule your consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, today.