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9 Aug, 2019

How a Migraine Dentist in Huntington Beach Treats Migraines and Movement Disorders

Migraines are often left untreated because people do not realize the cause of their pain. Some problems may be undiagnosed, while others can be misdiagnosed completely. It can also be noted that women suffer more from migraines than men, with women being three times more likely to get a migraine than men are. While there is no cure for this problem, your local dental professional at Legacy Dental Care may be able to help with migraines caused by temporomandibular disorders, or problems with the jaw joints.

How TMJ causes Migraines

Several issues can occur with the joints in the jaw that lead to pain in the head and facial area. These are known as movement disorders, and they can be either hyperkinetic or hypokinetic. The former is characterized by movements that are fast and frantic while the latter pertains to less power in movement or loss of motor functions. This loss is sometimes accompanied by paralysis in some mild form.

TMJ Symptoms

Patients may be able to report symptoms to our dental professionals to help diagnose issues. Some of the symptoms patients can look out for and report to their dentist include:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Aching in or around the ear
  • Problems or pain when chewing
  • Aching pain in the facial area
  • Locking of the jaw joint

Treatment for TMJ

At Legacy Dental Care, we want to help all patients suffering from headaches and migraines as a result of TMJ disorders. We can find the underlying cause of pain and realign the jaw so that it has a proper relationship with the rest of the body – mainly the skull. With this correction in alignment, you are likely to see relief and will be able to thank the migraine headache treatment offered by Huntington Beach, CA dental professionals.

If you are a patient and want to learn more about TMJ and how it can affect you, call our dental office to schedule an appointment with one of our experts who can assess your mouth and provide more insight into dental care and migraine treatment.