TMJ Headaches

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

If you suffer from regular headaches of severe intensity, you may have been seeking relief for years. Your headaches may be described as migraines, or as headaches of migraine-like intensity. Your doctors may have given you multiple descriptions of the cause of your pain and multiple prescriptions to help control them. But while your medications can reduce the intensity of your headaches, the headaches still come with equal frequency. Your headaches may be related to temporomandibular joint disorder, and a neuromuscular dentist in Miami like the ones on staff at Miami Designer Smiles may be able to treat them.

This page explains some of the basic information about the complicated relationship between TMJ and headaches, but many people find the topic easier to understand in person. If you have trouble understanding the material on this page or just want to talk to someone in person about your problem, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today to schedule a consultation with one of our neuromuscular dentists.

How TMD Causes Headaches

Known as TMJ disorder or TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder is when one or both jaw joints function poorly. Neuromuscular dentistry reveals that dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint can have a negative impact on nearby muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.

One of the most common nerves responsible for causing TMJ headaches is the trigeminal nerve. This important nerve carries more input to the brain than any other pathway, including the spinal cord. The signals carried by the trigeminal nerve include commands about facial expressions as well as pain signals. The trigeminal nerve also is responsible for many involuntary functions that control the safety and comfort of the brain, including blood supply and air pressure (via the Eustachian tubes). Magnetic imaging of headaches in action has confirmed the role of the trigeminal nerve in the evolution of headaches.

Unfortunately, the proximity of the trigeminal nerve to the temporomandibular joint means it is one of the nerves most often affected by TMD. Once the trigeminal nerve is impacted or compressed by a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the result could be vascular, tension, or some other type of stimuli that can result in a painful tension headache.

Eliminate TMJ Disorder, Eliminate Headaches

If TMJ disorder is causing your headaches, then the only way to find lasting relief is to treat the root cause. Traditional headache treatments only will reduce the severity of the symptoms of the headaches as they occur; they will do nothing to affect how often the headaches happen. Once your jaw and its supporting muscles are put in a more relaxed and natural position, the trigeminal nerve no longer is irritated.

Why Choose Miami Designer Smiles

At Miami Designer Smiles, both Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia have undergone extensive post-graduate training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the premier institution to study neuromuscular dentistry in the United States. Our Miami neuromuscular dentists understand how to diagnose TMD, have the equipment to properly carry out the diagnosis, and can design successful treatment plans for your TMJ disorder, which will resolve any subsequent symptoms—including chronic headaches.

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Miami

To learn more about TMJ and neuromuscular dentistry related topics, please see these pages about TMD, why it is important to see a neuromuscular dentist, and these frequently asked questions about TMJ disorder. If you have been living with painful headaches and traditional means of treatment have not brought you relief, schedule a consultation to be screened for TMJ disorder at Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to serve the neuromuscular dentistry needs of patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables in Florida.