TMJ and Headaches
There are so many different types of headaches, and their intensity and frequency greatly vary from patient to patient. You may experience a daily headache, or you may get them only occasionally. Regardless of their frequency and intensity, headaches can certainly ruin your day, and for many people, headaches ruin lives. If you’ve been dealing with TMJ and headaches in Wilmington, North Carolina, you may be a great candidate for neuromuscular dentistry in the Tar Heel State.
The cause of headaches must be known in order to treat them effectively; a TMJ diagnosis is often missed in the medical arena. If the cause of the headache is not known, then proper treatment for the headache cannot be prescribed.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache associated with TMJ, and tension headache sufferers will describe a feeling of “pulling” or of their head being constricted.
TMJ and migraine headaches are linked, but how exactly remains to be clearly understood. One thing that is known for sure is that the tension headaches associated with TMD often cause irritation of the Trigeminal Nerve, which is the part of the nervous system responsible for sending signals from the face to the brain. The Trigeminal Nerve is where migraines start, so when this very large three-part cranial nerve is irritated, your body will likely respond with a migraine headache.
Neuromuscular dentistry in Wilmington, NC, looks at all the components of the jaw and evaluates the functioning of the teeth, jaw joints, and muscles. The goal is to place your jaw in its optimal position to allow your teeth to align and keep the face, neck, and shoulders relaxed.