TMJ & Migraine Treatment in Geneva by Vesna Sutter, DDS - Headache Therapy

Tight jaws and migraines due to TMJ can go hand in hand, which is why Dr. Vesna Sutter addresses these needs with Botox and Trudenta®. TMJ causes chronic headaches, jaw pain, tightness in neck muscles, and limits your ability to pursue daily life. Sunrise Dental Care provides personal attention to these uncomfortable symptoms, and our dental team works hard to get you back to daily life. Call us at 630-232-6334, for TMJ help in Geneva. 

What is TMJ?

Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.

The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of the dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.

Reasons for treating TMJ

TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.

The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” It is possible for the dentist to realign or adjust the teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.

The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.

It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.

What does treating TMJ involve?

TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Bad bite is the most common, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patients bite, take x-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.

Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.

A better option is to change the shape of the teeth and get rid of the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth as well. Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well. It is not a painful procedure, and it is one the dentist has performed with great success numerous times. As with any procedure, the dentist will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.

Treating TMJ with Botox®

Botox relaxes tightened muscles due to TMJ, easing reducing pain. Dr. Sutter will diagnose your TMJ issues utilizing a 3D scan of your jaw, which will guide treatment. Botox is then applied to specific areas that require attention. Patients will see and feel results immediately and experience increased benefits through the next week. From a more natural and relaxed appearance, to diminishing wrinkles, Botox offers TMJ relief and aesthetic improvement.

Patients should know that Botox injections only offer temporary relief, lasting a few months or so before a new injection is required. After Botox relieves your TMJ symptoms, discuss long-lasting options with Dr. Sutter.

Common Botox Questions

Won’t it make my face look stiff?

Botox used in minimal amounts will support a natural look and relieve discomfort.

After treatment, will I be able to return to my daily routine?

Yes. Although exercise should be limited, and rubbing the injection sites can limit the effectiveness of treatment.

Relieving Jaw issues with Trudenta®

Trudenta offers a non-invasive approach to reducing muscle tension and headaches. This treatment method begins with a TMJ diagnosis, and utilizes advanced technology and physical therapy to improve jaw function and rebuild comfort. The three components that make up the Trudenta treatment include:

Ultrasound: TMJ is a disorder resulting from the buildup of scar tissue and imbalanced muscles in the jaw. The Trudenta wand fuses heat and sound waves to smooth out scar tissue and relax muscles, which have grown taut over time. 

Trigger Point Manipulation: Your certified Trudenta dentist will perform this physical therapy technique to disperse muscle tissue and stimulate healing. Gentle and relaxing, trigger point manipulation provides the foundation for future healing. 

Cold Laser: This safe and painless technology stimulates healing and reduces TMJ inflammation. As part of the three-fold plan, application of the col-md-6d laser supports long-term health in the jaw and further reduces jaw discomfort.

Contact Sunrise Dental Care for TMJ Relief

We understand the difficulties of living with TMJ and constant migraines. For help, call us today, and receive tailored and gentle treatment for both short and long-term relief. You can also schedule an appointment online! You can find treatment for your TMJ discomfort from our Geneva practice, also serving Batavia and St. Charles.

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