When you have a headache, it's hard to focus on anything else but the pain. Your work suffers, your personal life suffers, and all you can think about is the pain. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain won’t go away, or worse, the headaches keep coming back, diminishing your quality of life. If you experience persistent headaches, chances are you are concerned about why – or at least how to stop them. Sometimes, frequent headaches are random and environmental, but in other cases they can be indicators of a more severe problem, such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do you grind your teeth or suffer from unexplained jaw pain? Do you have unexplained neck and back aches, or tinnitus (ringing of the ears)? You could have a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ dysfunction for short, is a condition that strikes nearly 10 million Americans each year. Maybe you already know you have TMJ dysfunction but feel powerless to stop it or are tired of taking pharmaceuticals that only offer temporary relief. But there’s good news. Dr. Mingus offers a drug-free and surgery-free solution to TMJ dysfunction that could alleviate much of the associated pain - including headaches - naturally.
It starts with a comprehensive diagnosis of your jaw pain, using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that measures your bite and the balance of your temporomandibular joints. Once the measurements have been taken, the treatment can begin. Your temporomandibular joint dysfunction treatment is individualized to your specific diagnosis and measurements, to give you optimal jaw positioning and eliminate the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, including headaches.
Unfortunately, if you experience migraine headaches with your TMJ dysfunction, these headaches cannot be alleviated by neuromuscular dentistry, as they are neurologically based headaches. But neuromuscular dentistry can still correct any other pain you are experiencing in conjunction with your migraine headaches, as well as save your smile. Did you know that grinding your teeth can cause excessive wear on them, including cracks, chips and shortened filling life?
If you experience any of the pain mentioned above and think you may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, contact Dr. Mingus for a comprehensive consultation. He can be reached at 541-382-6565.