Did you know that TMJ/TMD may affect more than 10 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health?
Recurring migraine-like headaches are among the most common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). This is a condition often caused by a misaligned jaw or bite condition. If you suffer from headaches and muscle ache due to tension from clenching, grinding, and popping of the jaw you may want to discuss it with Dr. Gavin at your next appointment. He can assess whether or not the headaches you are experiencing are the result of TMJ/TMD. Once the assessment is complete he will recommend a treatment plan customized to you to help correct the source of your condition and relieve the pain.
Some of the symptoms you may experience if you have TMJ/TMD include:
- Jaw locking or sticking
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Tender and sore muscles on the side of the head (temporal region)
- Face, neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears/tinnitus
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and hands
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Limited mouth opening
- Pain behind the eyes
- Postural problems
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
If not treated, TMJ/TMD can cause progressively worsening discomfort as well as contribute to more severe dental problems. This condition can be a nuisance or even a life-altering problem. Fortunately, TMJ/TMD is treatable; the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of individual factors, including the source and severity of your condition.
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