Chronic migraine sufferers are finding relief where you would least expect it – in a dentist’s chair. A trip to a specially–trained dentist could provide relief from pain caused by temporomandibular (jaw joint) disorder, or TMD – which is at the root of migraine and tension headaches. In addition to chronic headaches and migraines, TMD has been linked to grinding of the teeth, breathing problems and sleep disorders, as well as facial pain, neck, shoulder and back pain, clicking or popping in the jaw, limited jaw movement and tingling fingers. This disorder affects men, women and children and in many cases patients go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. In fact, only one out of five people suffering from these symptoms seek help from a doctor and on average, they wait four years to do so.
The cause of the disorder is related to muscle strains from a bad bite. When the teeth are misaligned, called malocclusion or a bad bite, the jaw muscles and those around your head and neck are strained from constantly trying to find a more relaxed position. This strain is what causes the symptoms to occur. TMD is treatable non–surgically by neuromuscular dentists.
Using pain–free computer analysis, the neuromuscular dentist locates your jaw’s most comfortable resting position so they can fit you with an orthotic. If the new jaw position eliminates the pain and discomfort, crowns and veneers can be used to permanently hold this new relaxed position.
Treating this jaw disorder commonly improves symptoms and in many cases, permanently eliminates migraines. This is good news for those dealing with the disorder, as the cost related to migraines for sufferers is significant. Many workdays are lost to migraines, and many attribute their ineffectiveness on the job migraines.
Only five percent of the world’s dentists are trained in neuromuscular dentistry. At Rye Smiles for Life, we have extensive training and experience with the treatment of migraines caused by TMD. Contact us at 703-352-2010 if you think your migraines, brinding, breathing or sleep problems may be related toTMD.
If you suffer chronic chronic headaches and migraines, we may be able to alleviate your pain through using neuromuscular dentistry. Frequently, correction of bite disorders and relaxation of the muscles related to the tempo mandibular joint (TMJ) cures headache pain — for good! Contact us for an evaluation.
I’m so happy to share a nice note I received from one of our many smiling patients. TJ suffered from TMJ symptoms which had an adverse impact on his lifestyle. He received the finest TMJ and cosmetic dentistry available, and it has been life-changing for him. Other patients’ words of thanks are included on the left side of our smile gallery. Thank you, TJ for your kind words:
Dear Everyone at Rye Smiles for Life,
Since having my orthotic made and using it, I have seen dramatic changes in my life. Before I had trouble sleeping, and often had headaches, and since the first few days of getting used to having it in my mouth, I have not had a single headache, and my sleeping habits have improved greatly. Typically I would stay up late, and I would have to be really tired to get comfortable enough to fall asleep; now I get comfortable very easily, and it has even improved my relationship with my fiancée, because now we are on the same sleep schedule. I am so thankful to Dr. Rye, and happy that he convinced me to take the plunge. I just can’t wait to come back next time and further my progress, and to get my work completed! Also, Lou is the BEST! She is so friendly, and always makes sure I am comfortable with what she is doing. I couldn’t ask for better care! The service at the front desk with all the nice ladies like Meghan and Laurie is also incredible. It’s so refreshing to actually deal with them over some other places; it really shows that they truly care about their job, and the patients that come through here. I thank you all )
I am pleased to report that we had a great trip to LVI last week. Crystal and Meghan participated in the “Advanced Clinical and Practice Applications” course while I completed LVI’s rigorous requirements to be awarded the prestigious LVI Fellowship. The LVI Fellowship program requires completing seven core programs and passing the LVI Fellowship written exam. Currently there are less than 600 LVI Fellows in the world. My staff and I underwent intensive training including completing cases on patients under the direction of some of the best teachers in cosmetic dentistry. Besides learning how to do the very best in cosmetic dentistry from LVI, I also completed extensive training in “TMJ problems” and neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry can help relieve many painful problems from migraine headaches, jaw pain & noise, ringing in the ears, vertigo, and neck and shoulder pain just to name a few.
I have just returned from another trip to the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). The topic of this meeting was Scan Interpretation and Diagnosis (Occlusion IV). I was invited to present my most recent cases of life-changing dentistry. Scan interpretation and diagnosis is the use of complex bio-instrumentation techniques for diagnosis of bite problems and bite adjustment in the practice of Neuromuscular Dentistry (NM). I continue to be excited about the range of possibilities the practice of NM affords my patients and will continue my association with LVI to ensure that we are on the leading edge of this important dental technology.
If you would like to know more about NM, review our NM page at www.ryesmilesforlife.com/html/tmj-tmd-treatment.