Find Lasting Headache Relief with Treatment for TMJ Disorder - Vita Dental Spring
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Find Lasting Headache Relief with Treatment for TMJ Disorder

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Find Lasting Headache Relief with Treatment for TMJ Disorder

You have had a stressful day at work when the pain starts. It is a kind of radiating pain, which starts in the neck and head, coupled with stiffness in your jaw. This type of pain is known as temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ). A  common headache has similar symptoms and may be mistaken for TMJ. However, there is some difference between TMJ and the normal tension headaches. We at Vita Dental Spring recommend that you read this guide carefully. You might have TMJ and not know about it.

How to Tell TMJ from Headaches

A recent study found that headaches caused by TMJ are often misdiagnosed as tension headaches. Most medics will often misdiagnose TMJ pain as a stress-related headache. However, if they get the TMJ diagnosis right, it can be treated. By understanding the symptoms, it can help to address the cause and find lasting relief.

The common symptoms of TMJ are:

  • Earaches
  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness around the sides of your face
  • A clicking sound when you open or close your mouth
  • Trouble chewing food
  • Headaches
  • A tired face
  • Teeth grinding
  • Feelings like your upper and lower teeth do not fit

Besides that, if TMJ causes your headache, we at Vita Dental Spring have found that it is not likely to cause nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, and fatigue. However, a TMJ can trigger a migraine if you are already susceptible to get a migraine. Thus, you need to address TMJ as soon as you can. Here are ways to cope with TMJ:

Avoid Unnecessary Use Your Jaw

The most effective way to address TMJ is to deal with it at the source. All TMJ comes from the joint where the lower jaw connects to your skull. For instance, if you often chew gum or pen caps, avoid doing this. Start sucking on mints and stop chewing gum.

Deal With Your Anxiety

A major cause of TMJ is clenching when you are anxious. The only solution is to deal with the anxiety at its source. For instance, if your job or boss causes you to tense your jaw when they are around, avoid them. The same applies to family members; if they are always in constant conflict with you, it might be time to keep your distance. In general, if any issues make you feel tense and you can avoid it, please do it. You could even take yoga classes.

Do Some Jaw Massages

One cure that we at Vita Dental Spring have found to help people is a jaw massage. By gently kneading the jaws, it will increase blood flow, which will allow you to get rid of the pain and inflammation. We at Vita Dental Spring recommend that you place three fingers on the joint and press down gently. Massage it in a circular motion for the best results. Continue until you start to notice relief in the area.

Take Some OTC Medication

When your jaw becomes stiff, an OTC pain medication can reduce the inflammation before it turns into a problem. However, remember to follow the dosage and instructions if you decide to take medication to cope with the issue.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist will examine various aspects of your life. They will then help you work on a solution that will help you properly use your jaw. Although the treatment may take longer, the results will be worth the wait.

TMJ Dental Devices

In most cases, clenching of the jaws during sleep is at the root cause of TMJ. We at Vita Dental Spring will use various medical devices to treat the issue. The custom dental appliances we utilize are similar to the mouthguards used by athletes. The noninvasive option adjusts the position of your jaws while you are sleeping to help reduce the stress to the TMJ.

By relaxing the jaw during sleep, it is less likely that you will experience jaw pain and headaches during the daytime. There are over the counter mouth guards at your local drug store. However, these do not work as well as the ones we give you at Vita Dental Spring.

For the mouthguard to be effective, proper fit is important. If it fails to fit well, it can even cause the TMJ problem to worsen. Thus, we recommend you come to us for your TMJ. Besides that, a good mouthguard will keep the teeth grinding from becoming worse, which ensures that you have a perfect and beautiful smile for many years to come.

Summary

If your jaw feels stiff, this is not a small issue. It can literally cause so much pain, such that you are unable to function to your full potential. By noticing the signs of TMJ early, it can help you to take back full control of your life. Once it becomes a chronic issue, it will take longer to cure.

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