There are headaches and there are migraines. They’re both located in the same area, but migraines are much more disabling. As many as 1 in 4 homes has someone that suffers from these painful migraines, making them some of the most disabling medical illnesses in the world. But it’s possible what you think is a migraine may be something worse and shouldn’t be ignored. That something may be caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ.
TMJ is the joint where your lower jaw is attached to your skull, so you have TMJs on both sides of your face. Common examples of TMJ disorders are frequent migraines, having trouble sleeping and difficulty in closing, as well as opening the mouth. TMJ may also result in a number of other problems, including:
- Pain in your facial area
- Pain in your ears, ringing, as well as congestion
- Popping and sometimes pain in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth
- Pain and stiffness in the shoulder, back and neck
- Arm numbness, particularly in your hands and fingers
- Problems with posture
Once identified, rest assured alleviating the pain caused by TMJ is simple. A mouth guard will be recommended while you sleep and any time you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth. Massage or relaxation therapy will help alleviate your need to tighten your jaw, thereby relieving some pain. And unfortunately, your diet will definitely need to change your diet to decrease the need for chewing and an increase in calcium and/or magnesium intake. Worst case scenario, corrective treatment such as the application of crowns, bridges or braces may be necessary to correct your bite.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding TMJ disorder.
Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.