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Headache & Migraine Prevention

Do you get chronic headaches? The cause may be related to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a hinge connecting your jaw to your skull at a point directly in front of each ear. (It's what allows your jaw to move up or down or side to side.) The TMJ is susceptible to any disorder that might affect other joints in your body, from stress to arthritis to tumor formation.

Cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist Dr. Brian McKay, of Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, has extensive experience in treating TMJ disorders. Dr. McKay devotes many hours each year to mastering new methods, techniques and technologies in this field, and recently completed a new course in neuromuscular solutions for denture wearers, many of whom experience TMJ difficulties. 

Symptoms Associated With TMJ Disorders

Nighttime jaw clenching from TMJ disorder can lead to persistent migraine pain and chronic headaches, which may be particularly severe in the morning. Additionally, sufferers of TMJ disorders may experience:

  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Difficulty or discomfort in biting or chewing 
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Hearing loss or disruptions
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Difficulties when opening or closing the mouth


Treatment Options

Dr. McKay helps provide relief for patients throughout the Puget Sound area with options including the application of Botox—a surprisingly effective method—and the NTI device, the only patented, FDA-approved dental device for treating TMJ disorders and migraines. The NTI device is superior to drugs and is without side effects. Dr. McKay pioneered its usage in the Pacific Northwest.

Don’t let chronic pain go untreated. Find out whether neuromuscular dentistry solutions at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry are the effective headache treatment you’re seeking.