TMJ and Jaw Pain Treatment
Over the past 37 years, Dr. Dan Burton has treated countless patients who suffer from jaw pain or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). In fact, many people who suffer from chronic headaches are unknowingly dealing with one of the most common symptoms of TMD. These headaches, however, are anything but common.
8095733_m1-199x300Jaw pain, headaches and migraines caused by TMD require unique diagnosis and treatment skills. Because these headaches are triggered by an underlying physical disorder, it is essential to treat the problem to stop the headaches and migraines from occurring. Too often, only the symptoms – the headaches themselves – are addressed.
Malfunction of the TMJ can cause headaches in a number of different ways.
When the joint is compromised, proper tooth alignment is often disrupted. This can cause unnatural bite patterns and uneven tooth wear. Each of these occurrences can result in radiating pain throughout the neck, face and head. Also, many TMD patients clench or grind their teeth, particularly at night. This action puts tremendous stress on the TMJ that
can cause chronic pain.
The body’s natural response to any or all of these issues is to send pain signals to the brain. What typically results is a headache that can last from a matter of minutes to several hours and can range from mild to crippling. Even worse, the effect of TMD continuously deteriorate the condition of the teeth and jaws, increasing the frequency and severity of headaches as time goes on.
At the Grand Rapids Headache Center, we are able to diagnose and treat your chronic jaw pain, TMJ, headaches, migraines and related ailments using the cutting-edge TruDenta system. Dr. Burton is Grand Rapids leading TMJ specialist with the TruDenta system. Make an appointment with us now by calling 616-784-9150 or use the contact form on this page.