Headache & TMJ Treatment in Sugar Land, TX
Dealing with pain from chronic headaches, migraines, or TMD can leave you feeling like you’re not living a full life. If your pain is nagging, debilitating, or even keeping you from daily activities like work, let our team help relieve your pain and get you back to enjoying life again.
Migraine & Tension Headache Relief
If you get regular migraines or tension headaches, your oral health could be to blame. Fort Bend Perio can evaluate your symptoms, assess your jaw and other mouth structures, and determine if something like an oral appliance could help improve or even eliminate your pain. Visit us for a consultation to learn more and get one step closer to a headache-free life.
The temporomandibular joint is located on either side of the jaw. TMJ disorders, often called TMD, can cause pain in this joint. Pain and/or tenderness in the jaw, aching pain in or around the ear, difficulty with or pain when chewing, locking of the jaw, and even a loud clicking when opening your mouth can all indicate TMD. If our team determines that you have a TMJ disorder, we can use anti-inflammatories, a mouthguard, physical therapy, or minimally invasive surgical techniques to help correct the issue and relieve your pain.
How Botox Can Help
A Botulinum toxin (Botox) injection is a popular and safe treatment that helps to temporarily limit muscle fasciculation or spasms that may occur in patients with chronic migraines or headaches. We use Botox therapeutically in patients that suffer from frequent migraines to help alleviate the symptoms. Patients who clench or grind their teeth habitually can also benefit from small doses of Botox injected into the masseter muscle of their jaw. This treatment significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces wear and tear of the teeth.
What causes TMJ pain?
The cause of TMJ pain often differs for each patient, making TMJ/TMD treatments vary on a case-by-case basis. The most common triggers of TMJ pain include damage to the teeth or jaw, arthritis, poor posture, grinding your teeth at night (bruxism), or a misaligned bite. Our team will assess what’s causing your symptoms and create a treatment plan to target those triggers.
How can I prevent TMJ pain?
While TMJ/TMD flare-ups are not always preventable, there are a few things you can do to minimize your pain. Wear a nightguard while you sleep to avoid teeth grinding, chew with both sides of your mouth regularly, refrain from chewing gum too frequently, and practice good posture. Additionally, it is beneficial to massage your jaw, cheeks, and temples on a regular basis.