Headaches & TMD


According to the American Dental Association, more than fifteen percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, or even headaches and neck aches. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) refers to the painful symptoms related to the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).

Two joints and several jaw muscles make it possible to open and close the mouth. They work together when you chew, speak, and swallow. These structures include muscles and ligaments, as well as the jaw bone and the mandible (lower jaw) with two joints, the TMJ.

Some TMJ problems result from arthritis, dislocation, and injury. All of these conditions can cause pain and problems chewing. Muscles that move the joints are also vulnerable to injury and disease. Injuries to the jaw, head or neck, and diseases such as arthritis, might result in some TMJ problems. Other factors that relate to the way the teeth fit together—the bite—may cause some types of TMD. Stress is also thought to be a factor. TMD affects women of childbearing age more than men, or older men and women.

Dr. DesaI can help identify the source of the pain with a thorough exam and appropriate x-rays. Often, it's a sinus, toothache or an early stage of periodontal disease. But for some pain, the cause is not so easily diagnosed. The pain could be related to the facial muscles, the jaw or temporomandibular joint, located in the front of the ear. Treatments for this pain may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, or wearing a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding. Dr. Desai can recommend which treatment is best for you.

TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMD, is a painful condition of the jaw that can cause dysfunction of your muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and teeth.

If you suffer from TMD, dental specialist, Dr Raj Desai, is ready to help with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Desai is passionate about curing his condition because the treatment he offers not only alleviates TMD, but provides a remedy for sleep apnea and snoring as well; three birds with a single stone! Scientific studies demonstrate that resolving these issues can improve your cardiac health and longevity. These are some fairly significant added benefits!

The most recent advances in TMD resolution and muscle mastication have made it easier than ever to eliminate the problem. Visit Dr. Desai and learn how.

TMD and Headaches
If left untreated, TMD can trigger debilitating migraines. Yet every TMD issue is unique, so your treatment plan is customized to your specific needs.

Dr. Desai begins with a comprehensive exam including X-rays and impressions to document your joint and tooth alignment, called occlusion.

Once he ascertains your natural bite and jaw movements, he designs an orthotic appliance that acts as a guide to allow your teeth to find a home where your muscles are comfortable, unstressed and at rest. Over a period of time, as the inflammation in your previously stressed muscles decreases, the bite is adjusted to a better and better home.

Please contact our office at 410-997-7412 to discuss your Headaches & TMD needs!