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Understanding TMJ Pain

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Did you know that disorders of the temporomandibular joint (the TMJ) can cause migraine pain and headaches? The TMJ is responsible for more daily activity and capable of a greater range of motion than any other joint in the body. Because of these two facts, the temporomandibular joint has a higher risk of malfunctioning and creating associated problems, like migraines and headaches. When this joint is problematic (be it because of tightness, fatigue or imbalances in bite pattern) it can affect the ears, head, neck, and many other areas of the body.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a disorder of the jaw joints in which the jaw and bite alignment malfunction. The mandibular bone [lower jaw] is designed to slide and rotate to provide range of motion when chewing and speaking. The causes of TMJ can include:

  • grinding of the teeth
  • clenching of the jaw
  • highly stressful lifestyle
  • age-related wear down of the jaw bone and joint
  • hyper mobile ligaments
  • arthritic conditions
  • cranial-sacral distortions.

TMJ Pain Relief in NJ

Advances in technology over the past several years have given individuals suffering from headache and migraine pain new opportunities to attain a healthy and migraine free life. Dr. Milestone is a specially trained orthodontist that can treat the very common and troublesome Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder, or TMJ.

If you’re ready to leave behind the pain of chronic headaches and migraines, contact Dr. Milestone at The Migraine Center of New Jersey today. After a short 20-minute exam in our Paramus, NJ office, located in Bergen County, we can tell you whether you’re a candidate for our program. If you are, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you that will have you pain free in 12 or fewer weekly visits.

We also diagnose and treat patients with TMJ disorder, jaw pain, neck pain, chronic earaches and tinnitus, sleep apnea, and all of the symptoms associated with these issues. To get started, schedule an appointment with us at 201- 845-8411 or use the online contact form here on the website. We can provide you with care and treatment to rid you of the pain and help you reach a higher quality of life.


Dr. Milestone and the team at The Migraine Center of New Jersey are experts in headache relief. If you have any questions pertaining to headache relief, migraine relief, TMJ treatment, or sleep apnea in Paramus, NJ, Oradell, NJ, Fairlawn, NJ, River Edge, NJ, Bergen County, NJ, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Milestone, contact The Migraine Center of New Jersey at: (201)-845-8411.