OASIS DENTAL MILTON EXPLAINS HOW TENSION HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES DRAW ATTENTION TO JAW-JOINT ISSUES (TMJ Disorders aka. TMD, Craniofacial Pain, Craniocervical-mandibular disorder, Costen’s Syndrome)
CONTACT: Dr. Rick Anil Soordhar
TEL: (905) 876-2747
FAX: (905) 876-2749
MILTON, ON – A headache isn’t always just a headache. In fact, recurring tension headaches and migraines might actually be symptomatic of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Unfortunately, tension headache and migraine treatments that may prove effective under any other circumstance won’t affect symptomatic headaches stemming from TMJ symptoms. Flare-ups in these instances are caused by disorders localized where the lower jaw connects to the skull just in front of each ear. That leaves only one recourse to alleviate these pains: address the TMJ issues directly.
Both direct trauma and daily wear and tear can lead to not only persistent tension headaches and migraines, but other trademark TMJ disorder effects including chronic jaw pain in addition to:
– CLICKING SOUNDS WHEN MOVING THE JAW
– DIFFICULTY BITING AND CHEWING
– PAINFULLY SWOLLEN, TENDER FACIAL MUSCLES AND GUMS
– A GRATING SENSATION DURING NORMAL CHEWING
– LIMITED RANGE OF MOUTH MOTION
– DISCOMFORT WHILE SPEAKING
– JAWS THAT LOCK IN PLACE WHILE OPENING AND/OR CLOSING
Mistaking tension headache symptoms for signs of a chronic TMJ disorder is not at all uncommon among patients. A University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine study of 583 participants – 82.3 per cent of them women, since they are statistically almost twice as likely to exhibit TMJ symptoms – 82 percent of studies cases reproduced tension headache symptoms under clinical TMJ examinations. The study also examined relationships between TMJ disorder and migraines, mixed migraines, and sub-clinical headaches.
A total 152 participants were positively diagnosed with tension headaches – all of them also exhibiting TMJ symptoms.
Another study showed that patient’s with 70% of patients with migraines (study sample of 40 patients) had TMJ Disorders. The results showed that the three most important TMD Disorder variables were abnormal mandibular motion, hypertrophic LPM volume, and the presence of disc displacement in the TMJ. Considering the high percentage of patients with migraine and disc displacement, it is possible that the activity of the LPM can increase in order to stabilize the displaced disc during mandibular movements, which could lead to hypertrophic muscles, as have been observed in patients with TMDs and migraine.
OASIS DENTAL MILTON and dentists across the Greater Toronto Area want tension headache sufferers to consider the possibility that ignoring a potentially very treatable TMJ disorder foregoes an answer to persistent occurrences that seem to defy conventionally effective headache treatments. Alleviating pain without targeting its root cause more often than not only promises more inevitable tension headaches.
To determine if chronic tension, migraine, mixed-migraine or sub-clinical headaches may be symptomatic of a treatable TMJ disorder, we urge GTA patients to contact us today to schedule a consultation.