How can TMJ Dysfunction and migraines be treated?
To treat TMJ dysfunction, you must prevent the jaw muscles from clenching and causing further pressure and discomfort. Dr. Gross may recommend an oral appliance and orthodontics to wear at night in order to separate back teeth and prevent you from grinding and clenching them. It also helps protect your teeth from the abnormal wear and breakage that occurs with bruxism. Also known as a night guard, the oral appliance is custom fit to your mouth to be comfortably worn over the teeth during sleep. Another option for relief is a cranio-sacral massage. This light massage to the head, upper neck and spine can release tensions associated with TMJ dysfunction and improve total wellbeing. Dr. Gross may also suggest lifestyle changes that can help alleviate stress or eliminate bad oral habits that sometimes cause TMJ dysfunction.
What benefits will I receive with TMJ dysfunction treatment?
Oral appliances and small lifestyle changes will result in noticeable advantages to your overall health. With TMJ disorder treatment, you will sleep better since your teeth will not be under constant pressure from harmful grinding and clenching, and you will experience relief from pain in the jaws, face, head, neck, and shoulders. In addition, you will help protect your natural tooth structure from the damage caused by teeth grinding.
Oral appliances from Dr. Gross are specially formed to fit the unique shape of your mouth and are not bulky or cumbersome like one-size-fits-all oral appliances you can buy in stores. Since the oral appliance is worn during sleep, you may not even notice you are wearing it.
Cranio-sacral massages are beneficial not only for the treatment of temporo-mandbular joint dysfunction but can also help the body’s healing process through release of tension in the spinal cord. For more information about this therapy, read our cranio-sacral massage page.