Headaches and Neuromuscular Dentistry
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMJ, also known as tempromandibular joint disorder. The pain and discomfort can become unbearable, disrupting a patient’s day to day life and making everyday tasks impossible to perform. While treating the symptoms with pain medication can provide temporary relief, it’s not a permanent solution. Dr. Norman often recommends a neuromuscular dentistry approach for her patients suffering from headaches as a result from TMJ.
While traditional dentistry primarily focuses on the teeth, gums and bones, neuromuscular dentistry concentrates on the hard and soft tissues, muscles and nerves and why these components must work in sync with one another to function properly and pain-free. If you haven’t heard of neuromuscular dentistry, it’s not surprising. This form of dentistry is finally starting to gain traction in the dental field. Dr. Norman explains to her patients that it’s a type of dentistry that “focuses on the healthy relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles. Neuromuscular dentistry treats TMJ at its root cause, not at its symptoms.” And that’s why it’s proven to be successful for TMJ-related headaches.
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting and realigning a patient’s bite and jaw. When the jaw is misaligned, it creates unnecessary tension which can trigger headaches or migraines. Repositioning the jaw to an optimal position and realigning the tempromandibular joint can significantly alleviate the painful symptoms associated with TMJ, most notably, headaches.
If you suffer from TMJ-related headaches, contact our office today at 425-339-9145 to see if you’re a candidate for neuromuscular dentistry.