Headache & TMJ Therapy
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joints or TMJ are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. These two joints are on both sides of your head. If you have a TMJ disorder (TMD), you’ll experience pain in your jaw muscles as well as mobility problems. You may have even impaired movement in your jaws. Severe headaches are also a symptom of TMJ.
What causes TMJ and headaches?
Many people who have TMJ tend to grind or clench their teeth. This grinding causes jaw pain. You may also have TMJ due to a jaw injury or arthritis. The stress of this grinding on the jaw and jaw muscles causes headaches as well as tenderness and pain in the jaw area. Your jaws may also lock up or be unable to close completely due to TMJ.
What treatments are available for TMJ pain?
Most dentists recommend using the most conservative methods of treatment. The best way to understand treatment methods for TMJ is to consult with your dentist. Dr. Andrew Turchin thoroughly examines his patients with headaches and jaw pain to determine its causes. He may recommend NSAID medications and bite guards or stabilizing splints to alleviate your pain as the least invasive methods of treatment. Other medications may be prescribed for pain relief. Dr. Turchin is well-trained in the latest technology and methods for treating TMJ discomfort. Because every patient is unique, additional treatment methods may also be used until your headache, and jaw pain is resolved.
If you suspect you have TMJ, please call the office of Dr. Andrew Turchin today for an examination and consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping to relieve your jaw and head discomfort.
Dr. Andrew Turchin takes the time to get to know his patients and really learn about their needs. I told him Ithought my bite was off and that I was considering doing Invisalign. However, it also came up that I was wakingup with headaches most mornings, and Dr. Turchin suggested that we try a night guard first. Now, myheadaches are gone—I can’t explain how huge that is. It’s amazing that something so simple has helped mesleep better and wake up feelingrefreshed instead of exhausted and in pain. I will continue to see Dr. Turchinand highly recommend him to others. His listening ear and attention to a person’s overall health make him agreat dentist who can have a long-lasting impact on his patients.