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Understanding TMJ Pain


Other problems that can result in Migraine Pain and Headaches include disorders of the temporomandibular joint. This joint, commonly referred to as 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 factor for malfunctioning and creating associated problems such as Migraines and Headaches. When this joint is problematic, through tightness, fatigue or by causing imbalances in the bite pattern, it can affect the ears, head, neck, and many other areas of the body. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), as these conditions are collectively known, is another leading factor for headaches and migraines.

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. Doctors like Dr. Milestone, special trained Orthodontists, who are well-known for correcting crooked teeth through the use of braces, appliances or Invisalign, can also treat a very common and troublesome dental issue which is Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder, or TMJ.

What is the Definition of TMJ?

TMJ is a disorder of the jaw joints which creates jaw and bite alignment malfunctions in individuals suffering from this dental disorder. The mandibular bone [lower jaw] is designed to slide and rotate to provide for range of motion when chewing and speaking. The causes of TMJ can range from grinding of the teeth, clenching of the jaw, highly stressful lifestyle, as well as age-related wearing down of the jaw bone and joint. Other factors are hyper mobile ligaments, arthritic conditions and cranial sacral distortions.

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.