Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, it’s the perfect chance to reconnect as a family and spend some quality time together.
But if you suffer from frequent painful headaches or migraines, how can you possibly enjoy it? The truth is, despite your best efforts and intentions, you can’t. The pain is always there, bubbling under the surface of just about everything you do.
You may try to manage headaches and migraines with over the counter pain relievers, but even then, it’s difficult to stay ahead of the pain when it’s become chronic. So as much as you hate to admit it, your kids bear an unfortunate consequence in that they have to compete for your attention. It’s understandable that pain often comes out on top of that fight.
Our Pompano Beach dental office wants to offer you a ray of sunshine this summer. Dr. Slootsky and our experienced team may have the answer to what’s causing your painful headaches, and better than that, we can also help you find relief.
Keep reading today’s blog to find out what may be behind your frequent painful headaches and migraines and how we at Restorative & Implant Dentistry can give you the help you need to spend a fun, pain-free summer with the kiddos!
Could You Possibly Have TMJ Disorder?
You have a joint connecting your jaw to your skull that hinges just below your ears. It’s called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, and it can sometimes come out of proper alignment. When this happens, it can start a ripple effect of uncomfortable, many times painful, chronic symptoms. This is technically called TMJ disorder, or TMD, but most of the time, people simply refer to it as TMJ, and it’s widely accepted to mean the same thing.
So what are some of the common symptoms of TMD? One of the first indications that you have this disorder is when you feel tenderness or soreness in your jaw, neck, or head when you first wake up in the morning. This is because one of the behaviors associated with TMD is nightly teeth grinding and clenching. It’s also one of the things about this condition that makes it so challenging for people to self-diagnose.
Along with frequent headaches and migraines, other symptoms include pain and muscle tension in the jaw, neck, and face, earache-type pain, and feeling tired throughout the day.
What Sort Of Treatments Are Available For TMD?
Dr. Slootsky has been successfully treating patients who suffer from TMJ disorder for nearly 35 years! So you can have peace of mind knowing you are in good hands with our Pompano Beach dental team!
The first important step in helping you find relief for TMD is to try to identify the cause. As mysterious as this disorder is for many medical professionals, Dr. Slootsky can usually attribute TMD to things like arthritis in the jaw, an accident, injury, or trauma of some kind to the head or jaw area, teeth grinding or clenching, poor bite alignment, and even stress.
The cause of your TMJ disorder will help Dr. Slootsky best match you with an effective treatment plan. At Restorative & Implant Dentistry, we offer a couple of different forms of massage therapy to relieve built up muscle tension and also the bones in and around the head, neck, and jaw.
We can also fit you with a bite appliance that can keep your top and bottom teeth from grinding against each other so you don’t have to carry around the consequential pain with you all throughout the day! Instead, you can resume your daily life and responsibilities free from pain once again!
Make An Appointment For TMD Relief!
Let this summer be the one where you finally say goodbye to your painful headaches caused by TMJ disorder. You and your kids deserve to enjoy the season free from your distracting and debilitating pain of TMD!