Morning Headaches?

Sophisticated Smiles TMJ Dental Patient Julie

Do you suffer from a clicking jaw, severe headaches, ringing in your ears, neck pain, or limited opening of your jaw? If so, TMJ Syndrome could be the most likely culprit.

TMJS is a problem more than 60 million Americans have.

In other words, TMJS is the debilitating condition that results when the muscle tissues, the jaw and the temporomandibular joint are out of alignment or misaligned, resulting in complications while chewing your food.

For many years, the idea that chronic headaches and migraines were linked to the jaw joint had not been given serious attention. But, now the medical and dental communities are working together in an interdisciplinary assault on Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (Disorder).

A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine looked at the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in 24 patients referred to a neurology practice. The objective was to figure out the amount of individuals referred to a neurology clinic for headaches where TMJD would be the primary reason for pain. They discovered that 11 of the 24 individuals with headaches had TMJD. That percentage, nearly half, is regarded as a very high proportion when compared to the 15% in the total population determined to have TMJD.

As proof proceeds to mount on the association between headaches and TMJD, individuals who feel they may have this condition should come to our practice. We have pursued advanced training in this treatment.

Sophisticated Smiles TMJ Dental Patient Jim

Signs or Symptoms of TMJ

• Clicking, popping whenever opening your mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Chronic headaches and/or migraines
• Light headedness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Ringing ears
• Jaw occasionally locks up whenever yawning
• Cramps or spasm within the jaw region

What Causes TMJ Syndrome?

Because the TMJ is such an oft-used and complex joint, the potential causes of temporomandibular joint disorder are many. Through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Szierer 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 disorder 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 suffer from one or more of these symptoms, speak with Dr. Szierer. Our treatment usually involves absolutely no pills, no shots, no surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. We can address these issues since they’re most probably due to clenching your teeth when you’re sleeping and occasionally 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 such strong muscles turn out to be very painful and the forces created cause pain in bordering tissues, joints, and other muscles.

By decreasing the intensity of the clenching by using a nighttime appliance, you are successfully minimizing the source of the pain.

Most dental treatment to treat malocclusion requires the use of a splint, or an oral device which temporarily adjusts the bite. In more severe instances, Dr. Szierer could recommend a long-term change in the bite using tooth replacement, shifting teeth with orthodontic treatment, or possibly a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many people, the outcomes were effective and their return to a pain-free state has offered these folks an additional chance at a considerably 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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