Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is a top dentist specializing in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including smile makeovers, invisalign braces, dental implants and more.

TMJ Migraines: How to Treat and Prevent the Pain

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, or TMJ, is a disorder that affects more than 10 million Americans, many of whom don’t even know they have it. If you suffer from frequent migraines, then you might be one of the millions who have TMJ.


TMJ causes reoccurring jaw pain. Other symptoms include pain in the face, neck, or debilitating headaches. Try to open and close your jaw a few times throughout the day to test for stiffness, and pay attention if your jaw locks up. All of these are symptoms of TMJ, as are a clicking in the jaw that causes pain or a difference in how the jaw fits together.

Types of TMJ

Myofascial pain will make the muscles in your jaw uncomfortable and harder to control. Internal derangement of the joint is caused from a jaw injury or a disc that is out of place. Arthritis in TMJ happens when the joints are inflamed, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. The pain in the jaw can also cause very bad migraines.

Level of Treatment

You may want to try a conservative treatment, like eating soft foods or using ice when you feel pain, before seeing a doctor. Medicine and Botox can also be used to decrease TMJ symptoms. If your problems persist and you aren’t getting any relief from your jaw or head pain, then you can get surgery to fix the problem. Unlike simpler dental procedures, like cosmetic tooth bonding or cerinate lumineers, though, surgery is irreversible, so be sure to really discuss this with your doctor to make sure it is the right solution for you.

If you are suffering from TMJ-related migraines, then Dr. Michael J. Wei can help. Dr. Michael J. Wei can also assist with porcelain veneers, Invisalign braces, or a complete smile makeover. Call our offices at (212) 982-4080 or visit our website to learn more.

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Here are some other great resources to learn from

Looking for more information about the topics addressed in our recent posts? Read through the following resources for more details about preventing tooth decay and gum disease with proper oral hygiene strategies.

  • Take a look at the American Dental Association’s Oral Health page for a comprehensive topics list on everything from anesthesia to x-rays. Here you’ll also find links to science and research articles as well as resources for dental professionals.
  • Want to know more about the symptoms of gum disease? Check out Colgate.com’s post on the stages of gingivitis to know how to diagnose gum problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
  • If you’d like more evidence on the link between tobacco use and periodontal disease, read through Worldental.org’s article on the relationship and tobacco’s ties to other oral problems.
  • Perio.org’s Archive of American Academy of Periodontology News Releases is a great resource for anyone looking for more details on periodontal disease, its ties to other health problems, and how it can be prevented/treated.
  • Want to learn more about the effect poor oral health can have on your wallet? Check out this Periodontology Online study evidencing the medical and dental costs within a specific population.

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Flossing: It's Important!

Flossing is one of the most important, and most often neglected, tactics in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

In this video, you’ll get advice on how to properly floss—information covered includes how to apply floss, how to wind it, and how to avoid cuts and irritation. You’ll also get details on how plaque and bacteria-rich biofilm can affect the health of your mouth and why flossing is such an effective cleaning strategy.

If you’d like more tips on how to properly floss or general advice on everyday oral hygiene, then feel free to give us a call at the offices of Dr. Michael J. Wei. You can also use our website as a resource, and learn more about what general and preventative dental procedures entail.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease (or gingivitis) is caused by the excessive buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth and can result in periodontal disease and tooth loss. If you have gum disease, then you may experience significant redness, swelling, and bleeding in your gums, making it uncomfortable to speak or chew and impossible to pursue cosmetic remedies (lumineers and veneers, for example) to correct whatever tooth loss you experience.

Most importantly, however, gum disease and tooth decay can also cause chemical and hormonal imbalances in the body that may result in heart disease, artery blockage, and stroke. To avoid these and the above complications, take the following preventative measures:

  • Brush/Floss Regularly—Brushing two times a day and flossing once daily will rid your teeth of lodged particles of food and plaque. Flossing is critical, as it can reach areas of your mouth that your tooth brush cannot.
  • Rinse Your Mouth—Use a mouth rinse or wash to flush out your mouth and help arm your teeth against bacteria.
  • Eat Right—Stay away from excessive sweets as they can increase cavities and tooth decay, and keep yourself hydrated—water catalyzes saliva production, which can help prevent bacteria from settling.
  • Avoid Tobacco—Experts generally agree that in addition to cancer, tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco increase your risk for gum disease.
  • Visit Your Dentist—Try to make it in to see your dentist for a teeth cleaning and checkup every six months. Professional eyes will spot problems and signs of trouble that you may not.


If you have more questions about how to prevent gingivitis or think you may be experiencing symptoms of gum disease, then ask our experts at the New York offices of Michael J. Wei. Our dental team is experienced not only in general dentistry, but also with the cosmetic and restorative procedures and products. Visit our website to see a full list of our services, and give us a call to set up an appointment!

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Congratulations to Eddy Laboy!

Eddy is the winner of our latest Facebook fan page contest during the month of April.  Eddy won a brand new Sonicare Electric Toothbrush.  Congratulations!

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