It is very common for people who suffer from frequent migraines to have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD/TMJ). Many times, people seek treatment from neurologists and due to a lack of dental training, the neurologist may not realize that these painful headaches are caused by TMJ. Obviously, dentists typically do not have neurology training so it is very important to understand your symptoms so you can see the correct doctor.
- Increased pain when chewing
- Increased pain when speaking
- Feel pain around your jaw joints
- Feel like your jaw is "locked"
- Difficulty opening your mouth very wide, or opening at all
Many patients with TMJ have a tendency to clench their jaw, grind their teeth, and cannot relax their jaw at night. Stress can increase pain and we suggest these exercises to decrease pain: http://www.thetmjdoctor.blogspot.com/2013/11/tmj-exercises.html
Although it may sound strange to visit a dentist for your headaches, Dr. Farnad is an oral surgeon who specializes in treating TMJ. His individualized treatment plans and unparalleled treatment has made him a leader in TMJ.
For more information about what TMJ treatment is right for you, call our office for a consultation
(310)276-5300 or toll free (866)DOC-4TMJ.