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The Connection Between Migraines and TMJ

June 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — powelldental @ 9:28 pm
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Do you suffer from debilitating migraines? This unfortunate condition can make day-to-day life extremely difficult. Taking medicines and attempting to eliminate stress may only do so much, but have you considered whether they might be tied to another potential problem? Could migraines and TMJ be closely connected? This article helps to answer this question as well as provide a solution to help you get relief from the pain.

Can Migraines Be the Result of TMJ?

Anyone who suffers from migraines understands the immense pain that comes along with these debilitating headaches. And while many patients try to attribute the cause of their discomfort to stress, certain foods, medications, or various sounds, another potential culprit can be temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

TMJ is the joint that connects the jaw to the base of the skull. When these joints become inflamed or damaged, it can result in tenderness and discomfort when attempting to open and close the mouth. The chewing muscles become sore, limiting the amount of jaw movement. Over time, these joints can become overworked, resulting in pain radiating in the shoulders, neck, and head.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that more than 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMD. Because of the connective joint between the two structures (the jaw and the skull), it should come as no surprise that migraines can be a common indicator of problems that exist within the facial structure.

Achieving Relief with Oral Appliance Therapy

If finding relief from the pain seems like a hopeless endeavor, you’ll be pleased to learn that a sleep dentist near you can deliver outstanding results using oral appliance therapy. These customized devices are designed to improve the functionality of your jaw while decreasing and ultimately, eliminating the symptoms associated with TMD (i.e., migraines).

When worn correctly at night while sleeping, you can expect to experience a more relaxing and comfortable jaw position that alleviates the pressure surrounding these joints. Over time, as the jaw becomes accustomed to its new location and function, migraines will slowly dissipate, allowing for optimal relief.

No one wants to live life with daily migraine pain, nor do they want to experience the difficulties that come with TMJ/TMD. By meeting with a sleep dentist who is trained to provide safe and effective treatment, you can start your journey to better oral and overall health, and finally be rid of chronic jaw pain and debilitating migraines.

About the Author
As a board-certified nurse practitioner, general dentist, and dental sleep medicine practitioner, Dr. Shelley Shults aims to help patients avoid serious jaw pain. With proven techniques and treatments, she and her team at Powell Dental Sleep Solutions can reduce discomfort, realign bites, and ensure proper oral and overall health for the future. If you are dealing with chronic TMJ pain, contact us at (614) 396-9310.

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