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.