Think You Have Misaligned Teeth?
Are you experiencing severe headaches, neck aches, clicking in your jaw, restricted opening range of the jaw or ringing in the ears. If you do, TMJ Syndrome may be the most likely culprit.
Approximately 60 million Americans currently have TMJS.
In simpler terms, the ligaments, muscle tissue, bones and also the joints do not line up, therefore resulting in discomfort.
For years, the notion that chronic headaches and migraines were related to the jaw joint was not given serious attention. However, today the dental and medical communities are coming together in an interdisciplinary approach to treating Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.
Research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine examined the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome in 24 individuals referred to a neurology medical office. The goal was to determine the percentage of individuals referred to a neurology clinic for headache where TMJS would be the number one source of pain. They determined that 11 of the 24 individuals with headache had TMJS. That percentage, nearly fifty percent, is deemed a high proportion when compared to the 15 percent in the overall population determined to have TMJS.
As scientific opinion proceeds to grow regarding the relationship involving headaches and TMJS, individuals who feel they may have this problem should come to our practice. We have pursued advanced training in this treatment.
Signs of TMJ
- Popping, clicking when opening the mouth
- Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Pain in jaw muscles
- Stuffy ears
- Jaw from time to time locks up while yawning
- Cramps or spasm in the jaw region
What Causes TMJ Syndrome?
Because the TMJ is such an oft-used and complex joint, the potential causes of temporomandibular joint syndrome are many. Through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Workman is able to carefully analyze TMJ symptoms to determine their cause or causes, and then develop appropriate treatment plans. The many possible causes of TMJ syndrome include:
- Excessive cartilage wear in the jaw joint
- A dislocation of the temporomandibular joint
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth
- A misaligned bite
- Inflammation as a result of arthritis
If you experienced one or more of these symptoms, speak to us. Our treatment methods usually involves absolutely no pills, zero shots, zero surgery, and no adverse reactions. We can deal with these problems as they are most probably due to clenching your teeth while you are sleeping and sometimes during the day. When you clench your teeth, you make use of some of the most powerful muscles in the human body.
These high-intensity contractions of said strong muscles turn out to be painful and the pressures generated cause pain in surrounding tissues, joints, and also other muscles. By decreasing the strength of the clenching by sleeping with a TMJ splint, you are successfully reducing the source of the discomfort.
The majority of dental treatment to treat malocclusion necessitates the usage of a splint, or a dental device which temporarily adjusts the bite. In more severe situations, the doctor might propose a permanent change in the bite using tooth replacement, shifting teeth using orthodontic treatment, or maybe a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For most affected individuals, the results were effective and their return to a pain-free state has provided them an additional chance for a more rewarding life.