People don’t often think to consult their dentist for treatment of migraines and other chronic headaches, neck aches and facial pain, but they should.
These debilitating symptoms often are the result of temporomandibular joint disorder- commonly referred to as TMJ- a jaw alignment and bite disorder that can be treated through neuromuscular dentistry.
The TMJ is the ball-and-socket joint on each side of the head where the lower jawbone joins the temporal bone of the skull, according to mayoclinic.com/health/tmj-disorders/DS00355
The lower jaw has rounded ends that glide in and out of the joint socket when talking, chewing or yawning.
Between five percent and 15 percent of people in the United States experience pain associated with TMJ disorders, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health . Women are more likely than men to develop TMJ disorders.