If you suffer from TMJ headaches or migraines, then you know the pain radiates through your head and neck, often all the way to your wallet. Medication is expensive, and in some cases, it’s hard to come by. Sometimes its effectiveness is hit or miss. Most importantly, medication only manages symptoms. You need a Lexington, KY dentist who can get to the bottom of your pain and treat it at the source.
So what is the source of your discomfort? You may be surprised to find that it’s more than just a simple headache. Head, neck, and jaw pain are often caused or aggravated by grinding or clenching your teeth, also known as bruxism. The stress caused by bruxism on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which controls your jawbone, can make its way to your head and neck. That’s what causes stiffness, soreness, and throbbing.
You can’t function with constant headaches and migraines, so you take medicine to cover the pain. But if you do not treat the actual problem, you can’t enjoy an actual solution. Your headaches will always come back as long as you continue to grind your teeth. You will continue to grind your teeth until you correct the dysfunction in your jaw.
Find relief for good with Beaumont Family Dentistry. We’ll work with you to correct the alignment and balance of pressure in your jaw, eventually eliminating your headaches altogether. Even migraines.
Realize You’re Not Alone in Your TMJ Headache Pain
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 37 million Americans suffer from migraines. Are you one of them?
If so, we’re sure you already know what the American Academy of Neurology found this year: healthcare costs are 2.24 times higher for those who suffer migraines than households with no migraine-sufferers. All those trips to urgent care and the emergency room add up. It’s likely you are also among the 90% of sufferers who report that they can’t go to work during a migraine. Not many of us can afford to lose a day or more of income; that is especially true for those whose budgets are consumed by medical expenses.
Along with the financial impact, migraine-sufferers often have to deal with the frustration and loneliness of inadequate treatment. There are a lot of things that trigger migraines, but not much is known about what actually causes them in the first place. That’s why some folks go to great lengths to avoid their triggers. But even that does not guarantee results.
Right now your plan is to wait until you feel that familiar throbbing and then take a pill with the hope it will diminish your agony. Instead, why not prevent any more migraines from ever happening?
Choose Treatment that Stops TMJ Headaches at the Source
We use the TruDenta Rehabilitation Therapy system because we believe in long-term solutions that eliminate the cause of your pain. With TruDenta, we take a big-picture approach and treat the numerous factors that cause you to grind your teeth and leave your TMJ out of balance. You’ll visit us for ultrasound therapy, manual muscle therapy, microcurrent electrostimulation, or even a combination of all three.
We may send you home with a custom-fitted mouthguard to supplement the work we are doing in the office. A mouthguard is a simple cure for bruxism, as it relieves the pressure on your TMJ. Your mouthguard also will protect your teeth from your nighttime (and sometimes daytime) grinding. Often this is sufficient to relieve pressure on your jaw joint, and you may gain full pain relief from the appliance.
Should you need to continue your TruDenta therapy, we’ll give you relaxation techniques to perform at home. We customize each TruDenta experience to individual patients, so you might also receive some combination of lotion, cold packs, and temporary medication.
The average person can exert 171 pounds of pressure with their molars – let’s be sure it’s landing where it should! The final phase of the TruDenta system may involve force balancing therapy to make sure your TMJ is not still receiving any disproportionate pressure.
Take Back Your Life from TMJ Headaches
You’re in constant pain. You have trouble working. Too much of your budget is devoted to medication and pain management. Depression from discomfort and stress has started creeping in.
Enough is enough. It’s time to stop suffering from symptoms and start treating the problem. Make today the first in your journey towards a pain-free life by contacting us now.