The Awful Connection Between Stress And TMJ Disorder


Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Are you also having some jaw stiffness or pain? Stress can make all of that worse. Call us today at 734-224-4359 to schedule your first appointment for TMJ treatment. Dr. Feucht is trained to understand how to treat TMJ disorder and the migraines it often causes.

Why Your Jaw Joints Can Cause Migraines

You have two joints that connect your jaw to your head. These are called temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Each time you open or shut your jaw to chew, drink, talk, or even breathe, you are using your TMJ.

When your TMJ get sore and overworked, they get stiff and painful to use. That pain can radiate outward and cause tension and pain elsewhere, including headaches and migraines. You need to give your TMJ time to rest and heal. But because you need to use your jaw so much every day, that’s almost impossible.

That’s why you need to call our Plymouth, MI dental office today and get an appointment for TMJ treatment. With Dr. Feucht’s training in TMJ treatment, you can finally get some relief from the pain, migraines, and more than bother you. Like many problems in life, TMJ disorder almost never goes away on its own. Instead, it just gets worse and worse. That means your stress will also get worse.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

How do you know you have TMJ disorder? Look for these signs:

Jaw stiffness and pain: Since the problem is with your jaw joints, it’s not surprising that you can have jaw stiffness and pain with TMJ disorder. In advanced cases, you can have difficulty open or closing your jaw.

Popping/clicking noises: When your TMJ get sore, they can act funny. You can hear popping and clicking noises and the muscles and joints snap against each other. This can be loud enough for others to hear.

Headaches and migraines: Your TMJ hold the jaw to the skull, so it’s no surprise to learn TMJ disorder can lead to headaches and migraines.

Neck, shoulder, and upper back pain: Your muscles are interconnected. When the ones in your TMJ start to hurt, they tense up and cause pain in nearby muscle groups. That’s why people with TMJ disorder often have pain in the neck, shoulders, or upper back.

Tinnitus and earaches: You can pop your ears by swallowing. That shows the connection between your jaw and your ears. When you have TMJ disorder, your ears can suffer. You can have earaches or tinnitus, a chronic ringing in your ears.

Call our Plymouth, MI dental office today and make an appointment for TMJ treatment. These symptoms and the pain they bring will most likely get worse until you get help. Dr. Feucht has the training to safely and accurately treat TMJ disorder, but he cannot help until you call.

How Stress Makes TMJ Pain And Migraines Worse

Stress can have a big negative effect on your body. When you have TMJ disorder, this can become an even greater problem.

When you’re stressed, your muscles tend to tense up and get sore. Since TMJ disorder already has that happening to your muscles, the pain and stiffness can get worse. The muscles in your jaw joints get worse, and so can the headaches, migraines, and other muscle pain.

This can create a vicious cycle. You get stressed, which makes migraines and TMJ pain worse. This makes you more stressed, which makes the pain worse, and so on.

TMD And Migraine Treatments In Plymouth, MI

That’s why you need to call our Plymouth Dental today. Dr. Feucht has the expertise you need for TMJ disorder relief. He can help with an oral appliance and dental splint. These are small devices you wear comfortably over your teeth while you sleep. They realign your jaw slightly. This takes pressure off your TMJ, giving them some time to rest and heal.

Because headaches and migraines are also caused by TMJ disorder, these dental devices can bring relief from both.

Call us TODAY at 734-224-4359 and schedule your next appointment for TMJ treatments. Dr. Feucht has been helping people get relief from TMJ pain and migraines for many years. Combine that practical experience with his expert training, and you can finally give your TMJ time to heal and stop causing so many problems.