The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex in the body, allowing for the jawbone to move up, down, and side to side. If these joints and surrounding muscles are misaligned or overworked, it can lead to TMJ disorder (TMD). If the TM joint is misaligned, this can put a lot of pressure on the jaw and teeth, such as with chronic teeth grinding and clenching. Consequently, the most common symptom of TMD is chronic headaches and migraines.
These tension headaches are often around the temples and may feel as though a tight band is wrapped around the head. Tension headaches can be frequent and may be so intense, they are oftentimes misdiagnosed as migraines and treated with pain-relieving medication. However, as long as a misaligned bite and a dislocated or damaged TMJ is present and not treated at the source, these tension headaches will most likely continue. Therefore, it is critical that TMJ treatment is received from a dentist trained to alleviate these symptoms through advanced techniques and Invisalign®.
TMJ disorder is commonly related to bad occlusion. If the teeth do not fit together properly, this imbalance can cause issues with the TMJ. One of the most long-term and effective TMJ treatment solutions is Invisalign®, which relieves symptoms of TMD by realigning the teeth. Dr. John Gordon has years of experience treating issues like TMJ disorder and is a Gold Invisalign Provider. Having received extensive training from the Dawson Academy, he also has a comprehensive understanding of dental occasion and the temporomandibular joint, critical knowledge needed to accurately diagnose and treat TMJ disorder. Invisalign treatment, along with occlusal adjustments, are highly effective at relieving symptoms of TMJ disorder like chronic tension headaches! If you think your symptoms may be due to TMJ disorder, don’t wait! Timely treatment can help you preserve the health and function of your smile and provide you with relief from pain!