Think You Have A Misaligned Bite?

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Do you have headaches, neck pain, clicking in your jaw, restricted opening range of the jaw or ringing in the ears. It may be Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

TMJS is a problem over 60 million people in America have.

Quite a few chewing issues are brought on if the muscles in the jaw or temporomandibular joint are misaligned or out of place. TMJS is oftentimes the diagnosis.

For years, the thought that chronic headaches and migraines were linked to the jaw joint was not given serious attention. But, today the dental and medical communities are operating jointly in an interdisciplinary approach to treating Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (Disorder).

Research through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine evaluated the existence of TMJD in twenty-four patients referred to a neurology clinic. The objective was to determine the number of sufferers referred to a neurology clinic for headaches where TMJD is the main source of pain. They discovered that 11 out of the 24 sufferers with headaches had TMJD. That percentage, nearly 50%, is regarded as a high proportion compared to the 15% in the general population determined to have TMJD.

As proof continues to mount on the correlation between headaches and TMJD, sufferers who believe they may have this disorder should come to our practice. We have pursued advanced training in this treatment.

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Signs of TMJ

• Clicking, popping whenever opening your mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Chronic headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Stuffy ears
• Jaw from time to time locks up whenever yawning
• Spasm or cramps within the jaw area

How Do You Get 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 any of these symptoms, speak with Dr. Szierer. Our treatment usually consists of zero pills, zero shots, zero surgical procedures, and no unwanted side effects. Dr. Szierer can deal with these difficulties because they are more than likely caused by clenching your teeth while you are asleep and sometimes during the day. Whenever you clench your teeth, you utilize many of the most powerful muscles in the human body. These kinds of muscle contractions can cause early morning headaches and/or tension headaches, and even harm nearby ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles.

By just cutting down the force level of the squeezing by wearing a night splint, you are successfully reducing the cause of the discomfort.

Almost all dental treatment to relieve malocclusion involves the use of a splint, or an oral device which temporarily modifies the bite. In more extreme situations, might suggest a long-term improvement in the bite using tooth replacement, shifting teeth through orthodontic therapy, or a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many people, the final results have been effective and their return to a pain-free level has provided these folks an additional chance for a more rewarding 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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