TMJ Headache Treatment Plano

TMJ Headache Treatment PlanoTMJ is a very broad term with multiple causes and multiple symptoms or presentations.

The patient can have pain in the joint itself, migraine headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), stuffiness of the ears, sore chewing muscles and/or limited mouth opening, and vertigo.

Related: Tinnitus and TMJ

TMJ symptoms can be caused by a bad bite, chronic clenching, a constricted airway, stress or arthritis.

If you have headaches, migraines, cracked teeth, sensitive teeth, chronic sinus problems, multiple root canals, loose teeth, worn teeth, or chipped teeth, then you may have TMJ.

There have been instances when a patient had been suffering from chronic or recurring sinus infections that went away once the patient received treatment for their TMJ problem.

The management of the pain involves treating the underlying cause or causes of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms with medication alone. Full night guards or the NTI device can be used depending on which is appropriate for you. Clenching helps some people to open a constricted airway. If you do clench and grind due to sleep apnea, then an oral appliance may be considered. These are also beneficial for those who snore.

Related: What can be done about my headaches and TMJ problems?

For those who cannot control their daytime clenching, Botox often produces good results by reducing the intensity of muscle contractions.

For some people, a possible treatment is equilibration or adjusting the bite. Some patients will find that their symptoms improve or subside after equilibration. Clenching and grinding on a bad bite will cause a lot more damage to the teeth than clenching on a good bite. So, for those whose symptoms are not completely relieved by the bite adjustment, the incidence of wear and cracked teeth will be greatly reduced.

Tooth ExtractionThe patient is encouraged to participate in the treatment by:

    • Going on a soft diet for a limited time
    • Avoid chewing gum
    • Using heat or ice packs
    • Seeking stress reduction therapy if necessary

Most treatment begins with the most conservative, least invasive procedures.

One very successful treatment for migraines is the administering of Botox. Injected in specific areas a patient will find that the injections are not uncomfortable and the result is the pain relief they have been seeking. Botox is an ongoing treatment. It is not a one-time application.

In my office, I have been providing this treatment for well over 10 years with excellent success.

Seeking TMJ headache treatment in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


Tinnitus and TMJ

Tinnitus and TMJ

Tinnitus is a physical condition, that causes people to feel a constant ringing in the ears, sometimes accompanied by pain, even when there is no external physical noise causing it. Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system; it is a symptom, not a disease in itself.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that almost 15% of Americans suffer from some form of tinnitus.

Can Tinnitus Cause TMJ Symptoms?

If you are one of the many people suffering from tinnitus then it’s likely you’ve wondered what the root cause of this condition is.

Tinnitus can be caused by just about anything that can go wrong with your ears, from wax buildup against the eardrum to head injuries and exposure to excessive noise.

Tinnitus is known to be a common side-effect from those who suffer from TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

Relationship Between TMJ and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is often one of the common symptoms of TMJ. These two symptoms are commonly experienced by the same patients. The eardrum is located very close to the temporomandibular joint, which is the main joint at issue in cases of TMD. When the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed, it can also affect the eardrum. The inflammation of the joint can affect the stabilization can cause the pain and noise associated with Tinnitus.

Very often by treating the physical ailment that is causing TMJ, the tinnitus will subside.

If a TMJ disorder is suspected, an appointment with a dentist or TMJ specialist is recommended.

Dental Anxiety

Tinnitus and TMJ Treatment

A variety of TMJ treatment options are available to treat TMJ disorder. If your tinnitus is related to your TMJ problem, the tinnitus may improve as the TMJ problems get resolved. Most treatments for TMJ are non-surgical.hea

Some options include medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and mouth guards. Another effective option is therapeutic Botox injections. Some people have success with alternative medicine treatments. The best way to find out what options may work for you is to schedule an appointment with a dentist who specializes in TMJ treatments.

Seeking TMJ treatment in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


TMJ Headaches and Migraines

TMJ Headaches and MigrainesQuestion: What can be done about my headaches and TMJ problems?

David Wilhite says:

The common denominator of TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) headaches and migraines is what is known as bruxism (clenching and grinding).

Now the big question: what causes people to clench and grind?

This has been a subject of controversy in dentistry for many years. Some dentists seem to only consider only one of the many possible causes.

The possible causes include, but may not be limited to, stress, a bad bite, habit. a sleep disorder, certain medications, recent incorrect dental restorations, and deterioration of the joint.

Since there are many possible causes, no one treatment is going to be an effective treatment for everybody. Additionally, it is certainly possible for a patient to have more than one cause.

There are a variety of possible treatments. Most so-called TMJ problems are related to pain in the jaw muscles as opposed to the joint itself. We start out with a complete, comprehensive examination to determine the most likely cause of the problem.

Related: TMJ Pain Relief

Some of the possible treatments are a bite splint, Botox in the jaw muscles, as bite adjustment, muscle relaxers, and a snore appliance.

There are pluses and minuses to all of these treatments. An example would be the case of a patient receiving a bite splint and the grinding getting worse or the patient being unable to wear the splint. This would be a good indication that the patient actually has sleep apnea and needs a snore guard. In this case, the bite splint took up too much tongue space and shifted the tongue backward which made the apnea or snoring worse.

Related: What can be done about sleep apnea and snoring?

Sometimes various treatments have to be tried until the right one or more is found to be effective.

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Additional TMJ Information:

TMJ Disorders – Mayo Clinic

TMJ Home Remedies

TMJ Exercises for Pain Relief

TMJ Disorders – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Teeth Grinding

Why Do I Grind My Teeth?

Anxiety and stress can cause many negative reactions in the body and teeth grinding is one of them. However, most cases of teeth grinding occur subconsciously while sleeping. It is estimated that nearly 80% of people that grind their teeth do it subconsciously. Sleep apnea may also play a part in teeth grinding.

Related: What can be done about apnea and snoring?

How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?

Many people are not aware that they are grinding their teeth at all. A dull headache, facial pain, tooth sensitivity, or sore jaw upon waking up is a surefire sign of teeth grinding at night. Pain that feels like an earache can also be a symptom. Sometimes teeth grinding can be heard by others in the home, while the tooth grinder is asleep. A dentist can also identify signs of tooth wear from grinding.

Why Is It Bad To Grind My Teeth?

Long term tooth grinding can lead to tooth wear, fracture, periodontal (gum) disease, loss of teeth, abfraction (loss of tooth structure not caused by tooth decay), and painful Tempromandibular (jaw joint) issues. To repair the damage from grinding, dentists may use root canals, crowns, bridges, and even dentures.

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

There are a variety of options to help solve teeth grinding issues. Some dentists will fit patients will mouth guards or dental guards to wear when they sleep. Some cases of grinding need dental correction in which a dentist reshapes teeth or crowns for better alignment and prevention of further grinding issues. If the cause of grinding is stress related, patients can find relief in stress counseling or therapy. Lastly, breaking the habit of jaw clenching during the day can also help prevent tooth grinding.

If you suspect you grind your teeth, contact your dentist for an appointment to diagnose and treat your issues.

TMJ Pain Relief

TMJ Pain ReliefThe tempromandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. Pain from TMJ can be occasional or frequent and vary from mild to severe. A variety of steps can be taken to minimize, prevent, and treat TMJ pain.

The following steps can aid in minimizing TMJ pain before it starts.

– Eat soft foods, cut into small pieces
– Avoid sticky, chewy foods
– Avoid chewing gum and hard candies
– Exercise to strengthen jaw muscles
– Avoid chewing on objects such as pens
– Sleep with good posture and neck support
– Maintain proper posture

Non-invasive techniques for TMJ relief are great solutions for mild pain.

– Applying heat of cold
– Stretching your jaw as prescribed by dentist/physical therapist
– Massaging of jaw and temple
– Relaxation techniques like meditation

When preventative treatment and medicine are combined TMJ pain can be treated effectively and efficiently.

– Over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol, Motrin, Advil
– Prescription muscle relaxers to relax the muscles around the jaw and joint
– Prescribed sedatives may help with jaw clenching at night

Non-medicinal treatments and therapies can help with ongoing TMJ pain.

– Bite/night guards to prevent teeth clenching
– Physical therapy
– Counseling to prevent behaviors that trigger TMJ pain like teeth grinding, mindless chewing etc.

Surgery & Procedures
As a latter option, a doctor or dentist may suggest a more invasive procedure to address your TMJ pain.

– Arthrocentesis is the insertion of needles into the joint to help remove inflammatory byproducts
– Corticosteriod injections like Botox
– Joint replacement surgery – controversial and should be avoided if possible
– Acupuncture

TMJ pain affects an estimated 10 million Americans. Using a variety of treatments such as preventative methods, therapy, and medicine can help reduce joint pain and prevent future TMJ disorders.

New Tooth Sensor Monitors Oral Activity

The human mouth is almost always in use due to activities such as eating, drinking, talking and breathing.  This constant use of the mouth makes it a valuable source of health information about the entire body which is why a team of researchers from National Taiwan University developed a sensor to monitor oral activities.  The sensor can be fitted to a single tooth by straddling it or fitted inside of an artificial tooth.

A Wearable Device

The research team presented this device at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in Switzerland this past September.  This sensor uses an accelerometer to monitor different oral activities and transfers the data to a computer with tiny wires.  The research team says that in the future the device will report data wirelessly via Bluetooth.  The motivation behind the sensor according to the researchers is the idea that each oral activity has “a unique teeth motion” that the sensor can measure which would create “classifiers” to categorize the different oral activities based on jaw movement.

Testing Accuracy

The researchers fitted eight volunteers with the sensor to test its accuracy.  The volunteers performed various oral activities such as coughing, eating, and talking while the data gathered by the sensor was used to create personal profiles of each volunteer’s oral activities.  The volunteers were then asked to repeat their activities while the sensor tried to distinguish the activities from each other.  The tooth sensor was accurate in recognizing the oral activity over 93% of the time when using a profile of activities created for each specific person.  This accuracy fell to 59.8% when the sensor used a more universal profile not specific to a single person.  Researchers believe that this accuracy can be improved by “extending the training set to include different sensor placements and oral activity types.”

Purpose of the Research

The ultimate purpose for this sensor is to collect information that could be useful to dentists, doctors, and other scientists regarding tooth grinding, eating and drinking habits, and stress levels.  The researchers also made sure to emphasize the safety requirements of the sensor with sealed electronic parts that allow the sensor to pass through the body harmlessly if swallowed.  They are currently working to improve the sensor and hope to have a wireless version available soon that can be fitted to a standard crown.  The team believes that this development would make tooth sensors part of the standard health monitoring procedure in both dental and health offices.