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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Headache Pain Due to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Headache pain may be caused by the misalignment of your temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ. This is the joint that helps your lower jaw move up, down, forward, and backward. The TMJ attaches your lower jaw to your skull. Misalignment of your jaw puts pressure on your muscles causing undue pain.

Symptoms of TMD

There are many symptoms of TMD that are caused by the misalignment of your lower jaw. These symptoms are:

Migraine-like Headaches

Patients who suffer from intense migraine-like headaches are often treated with medications. However, these medications do not fix the problem. They only provide temporary relief. Neuromuscular dentistry specializes in treating the misalignment of the TMJ. This treatment focuses on the cause of the pain providing long lasting relief.

The headaches caused by TMD can be the most painful of all the symptoms. The TMJ houses the trigeminal nerve that is responsible for 40% of the brain’s processing function. These severe headaches can become debilitating and make daily routines and concentrating difficult.

If you suffer from intense migraine-like headaches, please contact our Chicago neuromuscular dentistry office for a consultation about your treatment options. Neuromuscular Dentist Dr. Dooley will be happy to answer all of your questions.

posted by Evan Langsted at 1:33 PM

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