Treatment Options for TMJ Headaches

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: May 21, 2015
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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the most active joint in the body. Every mouthful of food, every word we speak, and every breath we take depends on the TMJ. For many people, the symptoms of TMD are temporary, and require no medical treatment, but for up to 10 percent of the population, TMD can cause debilitating headaches or other pain.

TMD Headache Treatment

One of the best treatments for TMD headaches is neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is a discipline devoted to improving the structure and alignment of your jaw and facial muscles, eliminating the causes of pain. These treatment methodologies can also address the source of headache pain including stress and misalignment of the jaw.

Treatment procedures vary depending on the specific causes and may include:

  • Orthodontics to correct any malocclusion
  • Bite guards or orthotics to prevent tooth grinding or clenching
  • TENS
  • Behavioral modification if excessive gum chewing or other habits are causing the problem
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Diet modifications
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication

To learn more about TMD or TMJ headaches and neuromuscular dentistry treatments in the Salt Lake City area, please call Warr Dental at (801) 216-3713 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.