In our last article, we discussed the distressing phenomenon called TMJ disorder, or TMD. Named after the temporal mandibular joints, or TMJs, that connect your lower jaw to the temporal bone in your skull, TMD can manifest itself as a debilitating pain in your jaw, mouth, neck, and head. Diagnosing and treating TMD can often be difficult, considering the symptoms are shared by a number of different illnesses. For instance, a headache can be symptomatic of a serious illness, a sinus infection, a toothache, or an especially stressful day. In the case of TMD, however, headaches are often migraines that can be severe enough to incapacitate you for the rest of the day, making you extremely sensitive to light, noise, movement, or any external simulation. Continuing our glimpse into the world of TMJ disorder, Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, explains how a damaged jaw joint can lead to chronic migraines.
Getting on Your Nerves
Unlike less intense headaches, such as those from sinus pressure, migraines are the most common type of vascular headache, meaning it stems from trouble with blood vessels and the temporal artery. Of particular interest is the trigeminal nerve root located next to your temporomandibular joints. This root extends out into three nerve branches that transmit feeling from your craniofacial area to your nervous system; conduct the motor functions necessary for chewing, biting, and swallowing, and control arterial blood flow throughout the brain.
Migraines can indicate that these nerves have been damaged. Often, however, they can stem from trigger points in your muscles that can entrap the nerves, generating intense discomfort that can overwhelm your senses. While TMJ disorder can have a wide range of symptoms, you might not notice many of them in the throes of a migraine, and if the pain is severe enough, you may not even be able to seek help without someone’s assistance.
Treat TMJ Disorder with Your Miami Dentist
To help avoid debilitating discomfort stemming from jaw troubles, or to learn more about TMJ disorder and its damaging effects on your oral health, contact your Miami dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.