Could You Possibly Have Unbalanced Occlusion?

Sophisticated Smiles TMJ Dental Patient Amy

Malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite”, may be the culprit of a number of conditions like migraines, clicking sounds in the jaw joint, vertigo, and ear discomfort or itching. When teeth line up badly — be it from incorrect dental treatment, getting your mom’s dental genes, unhealthy behaviors or a car accident — it can make your daily life miserable. Thankfully, malocclusion is fixable.

TMJS is actually a problem more than 60 million people in America currently have.

For years, the idea that a migraine headache was related to the jaw joint wasn’t given serious attention. But today the dental and medical communities are both of the opinion that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.

In fact, nearly all sufferers spent many years on the medical merry-go-round before they made an appointment at our practice, frequently as a last resort. That’s mainly because many individuals don’t recognize that their conditions are actually associated with malocclusion.

A study through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine examined the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in twenty-four individuals referred to a neurology clinic. The purpose was to determine the number of sufferers referred to a neurology center for headaches where TMJD is the number one reason for pain. They determined that 11 of the 24 sufferers with headaches had TMJD. That percentage, nearly 50% is considered a high percentage when compared to the 15 percent in the general population of TMJD sufferers.

As evidence continues to grow on the link involving headaches and TMJD, individuals who think they have this disorder should talk with Dr. Szierer. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

Sophisticated Smiles TMJ Dental Patient Jim

Signs or Symptoms of TMJ

• Popping or clicking when yawning 
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Tenderness in jaw muscles
• Ear aches
• Jaw sometimes locks up whenever yawning
• Spasm or cramps within the jaw region

Other symptoms that may not at first seem connected to malocclusion include neck, back or shoulder pain. Even though pain in the upper body could be seen as having no relationship to the temporomandibular jaw joint, anyone who suffers from and unbalanced bite are more likely to tilt their heads over and over, compelling the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders to compensate.

Tingling or numbness in the hands and arms has been known to be associated with malocclusion. This results from muscle spasms in the jaw, neck, back, and face pinch nerves leading down the arms to the hands.

Finally, to add insult to injury, depression may haunt you as a result of enduring daily pain.

If you have any symptoms like these, speak to Dr. Szierer. Our own treatment methods usually includes absolutely no pills, no shots, no surgery, and no unwanted side effects. We can address these problems as they are most likely due to clenching your teeth when you’re sleeping and sometimes during the day. When you clench your teeth, you utilize many of the most powerful muscles in the human body. These high-intensity contractions of such strong muscles become very painful and the pressures created cause pain in surrounding tissues, joints, along with other muscles.

Most dental treatment to remedy malocclusion necessitates the use of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily alters the bite. In more severe instances, the doctor may propose a permanent change in the bite using tooth replacement, moving teeth using orthodontic therapy, or a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For most affected individuals, the final results were successful and their return to a pain-free condition has given these folks an additional chance at a far more productive life.

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  • Sophisticated Smiles
  • Mark Szierer, DMD
  • 85 Reaville Ave
  • Flemington, NJ 08822
  • Phone: (908) 806-4333
  • Fax: (908) 806-2024

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