TMJ Disorder and Headaches

Dr. Steven Acker and his team of dental professionals provide treatment for TMJ disorders, headaches and migraines.

Over 10 million Americans suffer from some form of TMJ Disorder, with an even higher number being migraine headache sufferers. This large group of people of all ages is often looking far and wide for answers and relief from the symptoms of these disorders.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • Noises associated with movements of the joint during opening and closing of the mouth
  • Pain on opening the mouth
  • Limited ability to open the mouth all the way
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Facial pain
  • Facial muscle fatigue
  • Ear pain not related to ear infections
  • Occasional locking of the jaw momentarily
  • Ringing of the ears frequent headaches
  • Migraine headaches

When the temporomandibular joints fail to operate properly, any or all of these symptoms are possible.

The temporomandibular Joints connect the jaw bone to the skull, and are located just in front of each ear. They are joints that operate as a “ball and socket”, and depend on proper alignment of muscles, and often teeth to work smoothly. This is a very complex system that is just beginning to be understood. Important in many ways, the temporomandibular Joints are necessary for opening and closing the mouth, chewing, swallowing, breathing, talking, yawning and kissing.

Possible Causes of TMJ Disorder and Migraine Headaches

  • Tooth loss
  • Teeth that fit together poorly
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Stress-induced clenching of teeth
  • Various head and neck injuries, often motor vehicle accidents

Elite Dental of Staten Island may be the first place to start in your search for relief. Our team are trained in TMJ Diagnosis and treatment and aspire to help you recover from this condition. Contact us to book an appointment and gain relief from painful migraine headaches.

We have successfully used a variety of appliances and treatment modalities to treat many patients over the last three years. A high percentage of our patients have experienced significant relief from a range of TMJ related symptoms from the various oral appliance therapies we offer. At your consultationm Dr Acker will perform a full assessment to determine if oral appliance therapy will be of benefit to you based on the condition of your TMJ disorder.

How does it work?

This surprisingly comfortable device is fitted over the two upper front teeth, and fabricated in the office. This prevents the back teeth from touching during sleep and reduces muscular activity, which is often the source of TMJ symptoms and migraines. This device differs from traditional mouth guard therapy because it limits muscular activity, and can be fabricated in the office in one short visit.

We encourage you to visit or call our office to speak with one of our team members.

Using a series of targeted exercises, myofunctional therapy creates harmony between the facial muscles to ensure effective breathing, speaking, eating and socializing.
for children and adults
In honor of Children's Dental Health Month, we're hosting an exciting event about myofunctional therapy, and how your child's breathing could affect their health for the rest of their life. This event will take place at our office on Monday February 26 from 4.30pm