One of the most common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is chronic headaches described as migraine-like in their intensity.

Santa Monica dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf has extensive experience in the field of neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses largely on treating the source of TMJ/TMD and providing long-term relief from its painful symptoms. If you suffer from recurring headaches, jaw discomfort, and neck and shoulder pain that have otherwise defied explanation or diagnosis, Dr. Brightleaf may be able to help; because TMJ/TMD shares many symptoms with other ailments, it is often misdiagnosed.

Although most people with TMJ/TMD experience multiple symptoms, migraine headaches are among the most widely reported. This is the result of the undue stress the causal factors of TMJ/TMD, such as a misaligned jaw or bite condition, place on the sensitive connective region between your jaw and skull.

The precise cause of the headaches medically defined as migraines is not entirely understood. Chemical imbalances, genetics and environmental factors may all play a role in triggering migraines.

Individuals with TMJ/TMD generally experience headaches of increasing frequency. These headaches become progressively worse and are typically accompanied by other symptoms, such as the jaw sticking or locking, facial pain, and tingling in the hands and fingers.

There are a number of effective TMJ/TMD treatment options, depending on the precise source of your TMJ/TMD. Dr. Brightleaf can answer your questions about TMJ/TMD and help you determine the best treatment for you.

If you live in the Brentwood or Santa Monica areas and suffer from migraine-like headaches that have otherwise gone undiagnosed, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Ana Brightleaf.