Headaches, Migraines, TMJ Solutions

TMJ, CMD(Craniomandibular Disorder), MPD (Myofacial pain Disorder), TMD (Temporalmandibular Disorder), are just some of the alphabet soup of descriptions of this disease that affects millions of Americans. If you are one of the estimated 40 million who suffer from this often-debilitating disorder, then we may be able to help you.

If you suffer from Myofacial Pain Disorder and are not sure of the nature of your condition or how to solve it, you may relate to several of the following conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness of fingers and arms
  • Difficulty swallowing




  • Ringing in the ears
  • Tender, sensitive teeth
  • Ear congestion, pressure or fullness in the ears
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Jaw, joint noise
  • Jaw, joint pain

How We Can Help

The conditions underlying MPD are biomechanical, emotional and structural. The structural problem is almost always present and leads to over stimulation of associated jaw, head and neck muscles. Over time this leads to pain, tension and spasm resulting in the symptoms of the associated structures. To help correct this condition, the jaw must be brought into a muscularly balanced position.

It is possible to have MPD without the headache or other symptoms. It is like a cup of water; each additional stressor adds to the amount until finally the cup runs over and the patient experiences the symptoms. Worn, chipped or broken teeth, broken fillings, changing position or shape of the smile are all indications the patient can benefit from treatment.

Relieve pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or yawn

Relieve pain or tenderness in the face and in or around the ear when you speak or yawn.

Enjoy the ability to open your mouth wide without pain

Enjoy the ability to open your mouth wide without experiencing pain or discomfort.

Relieve jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open-or closed-mouth position.

Relieve jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open-or closed-mouth position.

Stop headaches or neck aches

Stop chronic headaches or neck aches that are associated with TMJ disorder.

TMJ Treatments Do Not Have to Include Surgery

Symptoms can appear quickly without any indication of how long they will last. Drs. Meester and Olafsen recommend mild, at-home TMJ treatment before any invasive procedures are considered. This may include warm compresses and anti-inflammatory medications to address swelling or soft-food diets to rest the jaw muscles. Facial muscle stretches can also be performed to relieve tension and jaw pain in San Diego, CA.

As one of the key causes is teeth grinding, Drs. Meester and Olafsen will custom design a night guard for you to wear while you sleep. This will prevent any contact between the teeth, alleviating jaw pain from grinding.

More than likely, these non-invasive TMJ treatments will alleviate your TMD symptoms, but if your pain persists, Drs. Meester and Olafsen may recommend cortisone shots to reduce pain and inflammation quickly. While joint replacement surgery is available, Drs. Meester and Olafsen tend to be more conservative, exhausting less aggressive options first to prevent you from undergoing unnecessary treatments.

Change Your Life

TMD is a chronic degenerative disease and often takes years to develop. With new techniques and the objective computerized data, we have been able to help many find relief. We invite you to discuss with us how this neuromuscular approach to your dentistry can enhance your life.

Complimentary copies of a number of booklets on this subject, which are easy to understand summaries of this complex disorder, are available for you by simply contacting our office. Don't let headaches and Migraines ruin another day of your life. Call us today at (858) 263-0470.

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