Dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) is a common condition. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 10 million Americans experience TMJ problems. Often, sufferers experience chronic headaches, including migraines. Dr. Oser provides non-surgical treatment to alleviate headache pain and other TMJ symptoms to deliver lasting relief.
Smooth jaw motion depends on the optimal function of the two small joints in front of your ears. Pain and pressure occurs when these joints are aggravated by physical or emotional stress, trauma, a misaligned bite, or other factors. Patients with TMJ dysfunction often report one or more of the following symptoms:
- Headaches, including chronic migraines
- Chronic earaches
- Tingling in the fingers
- Unexplained facial, neck, shoulder, jaw, or lower back pain
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Inability to fully open or close the mouth
- A jaw that pops or clicks
Dr. Oser will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth, jaw, and bite to determine the source of your problem. Millions of people who suffer TMJ-related distress experience relief with oral appliance therapy. A thin, comfortable mouthguard repositions your jaw to ease stressed muscles and encourage optimal alignment. This customized treatment can alleviate headaches, including migraines, and other painful TMJ symptoms.
Additional migraine headache and TMJ treatments include building up the surface of back teeth to correct bite misalignment, stress management tips, and lifestyle changes.