Do you deal with persistent and chronic headaches? Are you experiencing problems with your jaw joint that seem to contribute to this discomfort? You may be surprised to learn that there is a connection between chronic headaches and migraines and one’s oral health and wellness. This connection, known as the temporomandibular joint, may be the answer to your concerns.
What is TMJ/TMD?
Dr. John Pappas of Arcadia Dental Arts is well-versed in conditions such as TMJ and TMD. TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” This joint is the joint that hinges the upper and lower jaw. It is the joint that opens and closes so we can eat and speak. However, this jaw joint and the surrounding muscles can malfunction, causing problems such as lockjaw, popping of the joint, or pain and discomfort that can contribute to headaches and migraines.
How do I know if I need treatment?
Some patients may have mild problems with their TMJ. Unfortunately, others may have more severe symptoms which can impact their daily life. Any patient who suspects a disorder of the TMJ is advised to contact their dentist for a full evaluation, proper diagnosis, and to discuss treatment options.
What treatment can help with TMJ disorders?
In most situations, Dr. John Pappas can treat TMD with oral appliances. These appliances are made of high-quality plastics. They fit inside the mouth and reduce the tension that can be caused by TMD. They ensure the jaw is properly aligned to address pain, and in most cases, patients with chronic headaches and migraines from this condition will find relief!
What if oral appliance therapy doesn’t work?
If patients are unable to find relief with the use of oral appliance therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, and muscular massages and exercises, they may require more invasive treatments such as surgery of the jaw. This is often a last resort, as many patients can find relief with more conservative alternatives.
Arcadia Dental Arts offers TMJ/TMD solutions
Phoenix, AZ patients interested in learning more about this condition and the treatments available are urged to call (602) 957-9643 to schedule an appointment. Our team, including Dr. John Pappas, is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to patients and treating them like family! The practice is conveniently located at 4124 North 40th Street and is accepting new patients and families.