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TMD & TMJ Treatment Ballwin, MO

If you struggle with migraine pain, please contact us for help. There are ways to relieve it without prescription drugs or narcotics so you can get back to feeling like yourself! Request An Appointment

Migraines can be debilitating. They can prevent us from enjoying our lives the way we want and significantly decrease our standard of living. They can hit suddenly, without warning and can be a sign of something more serious. But did you know that sometimes your migraine isn’t a migraine at all. Sometimes the throbbing ache in your head is telling you something else.

Here are some clues that your migraine may not be a true migraine at all:

While you may not be experiencing a "true" migraine it doesn’t erase the fact that you still struggle with the horrible pain.

Migraines and Headaches

Migraines and headaches are a common symptom of TMD (temporomandibular disorders) and can often be managed without the use of prescription drugs or narcotics.

A TMJ (temporomandibular joint) headache or migraine is a type of tension headache and it’s the most common type of tension headache. It is often described as a feeling of wearing a hat two sizes too small, with the pain focused on a “ring” around or on just one side of the head, or as a migraine headache. Clenching and grinding of the teeth produce pain from the muscles in the head, which causes a headache. Unfortunately, TMJ headaches can be so frequent or severe that they are often misdiagnosed and treated as a migraine.

The pain from muscle headaches can be blocked with medicine or muscles can somewhat be relaxed with muscle and psychological therapy. With the case of a bad bite, however, the damage and pain will persist. If your bite can be fixed it ensures that the muscles are more relaxed because they do not have to work hard at positioning the teeth like they would with a strained bite. By placing the joint back into alignment and putting the jaw into its right position, this form of dentistry can provide solution to most migraine and headache problems related to TMJ, joint and nerve disorders.

Tracking your Migraine

It is important that you keep track of your migraines. This information can really assist your doctor in knowing how to help you the most. Whether your migraine is related to TMJ or not they are usually brought on by triggers. Keep a daily diary of when your migraines and headaches begin and end and what you were doing before the migraine started. Record any patterns you notice and any other information you wish to include. Write down the questions you have for your doctor. Here is an example of some notes you may take:

Date Time Started AM/PM Duration (hours) Pain Scale 1-10 Trigger Medication name/dose/effective (yes or no) Comments
3/11 9:45am 3 hours 7 Grinding teeth while sleeping?? Excedrin/2 pills/not effective Ask Dr. Postol about migraine triggers
3/15 3:30pm 2 hours 5 Stressful day, grind teeth when stressed Acetaminophen/4 regular strength/not effective Not sure why medicine isn't working

Migraine Triggers

It is important that you start to notice the triggers that cause your migraines. This can seem tricky at first but as you understand how your body reacts to certain actions or circumstances you will begin to see a pattern. Here are some triggers that may be causing your migraine:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms without relief whether related to TMJ or not it is important that you contact your doctor. You do not need to live with this pain. There are ways to relieve some, if not all of it.

Migraine Relief Related to TMJ

Dental splints have long been used to prevent and treat headaches and migraines. Recently the NTI-TSS (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System) has received FDA approval for use in the prophylactic (course of action to prevent disease) treatment of medically diagnosed migraine pain as well as migraine associated tension type headaches. It is a small oral appliance that is customized to fit perfectly over your upper front teeth while you sleep, or at any other time when you find yourself clenching your jaw. This will relieve pressure on the jaw and temples which can reduce muscle fatigue or spasms which will often result in the relief of head and jaw pain. This system is an easy and effective way to treat your headaches and jaw pain without the medication or other therapy.

According to theheadacheremedy.com over 29 million American suffer from migraines. It is a small night guard that comfortably fits over your front teeth. On this same website they also described how the NTI-tss works by saying by writing

"To demonstrate how the NTI-tss works, touch the muscles of the temples while biting down on a pencil with the back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. Now bite down on a pencil with only the front teeth. Those same temporal muscles remain relaxed. This diminished clenching intensity prevents a hyperactive nerve response, and thus, prevents migraines."

The NTI-tss is an amazing little tool that can remedy your migraines simply by wearing it to bed every night. This is something that our office can provide for you in helping you to relieve that awful migraine pain that you have not been able to get rid of. Remember that pain does not need to be a part of your everyday life. Let us help you find the solution you need and get rid of that pain for good.