Council Bluffs, Iowa TMJ Therapy
Do you have migraines or chronic headaches? Does your jaw pop or cause you pain? These symptoms may indicate temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also called TMJ dysfunction. The temporomandibular joints are two joints, one on either side of your face, that hold your lower jaw to your skull. When misaligned, the TMJs can become irritated, creating pain.
Dr. Smith or Dr. Jackson can assess your bite to determine whether you suffer from TMJ dysfunction. He may recommend non-surgical, splint therapy to correct your bite and relieve the painful symptoms. In some cases, Dr. Smith and Dr. Jackson refer patients to a TMJ specialist.
TMJ dysfunction can cause these and other symptoms:
- Clicking, Popping Jaw Joints
- Chronic Earaches
- Migraines or Chronic Headaches
- Nagging Pain in the Face, Neck, Jaw, or Shoulders
- Tingling Extremities
- Inability to Open and Close Jaws Comfortably
- Grinding of Teeth, Called Bruxism
An oral splint has been proven effective for TMJ disorder, headache treatment, and migraine therapy. Patients typically wear the splint, which resembles a thin, flexible athletic mouthguard, for three months to alleviate jaw and facial tension. Other treatments for TMJ, headaches, and migraines include focused facial relaxation, modified eating habits, and alternating hot and cold.