Could You Possibly Have Teeth That Mesh Improperly?

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Malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite”, could be the the most likely culprit of a number of problems like migraines, popping noises in the jaw joint, vertigo, and ear pain or itching. When your teeth line up badly — whether it is via incorrect dental treatment, getting your mom’s dental genes, an unhealthy lifestyle or a car accident — it can make your daily life awful. The good news is, malocclusion is treatable.

TMJS is actually a problem more than 60 million Americans have.

For a long time, the thought that a migraine headache was related to the jaw joint was not taken seriously. But today the dental and medical communities are supporting the conclusion that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.

In fact, most individuals bought numerous rides on the medical merry-go-round before they finally arrived at our practice, often as a final option. That is mainly because many people do not know that their conditions are actually related to malocclusion.

A study through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine looked at the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in twenty-four patients referred to a neurology clinic. The purpose was to determine the number of patients referred to a neurology center for headaches where TMJD would be the number one source of pain. They found that 11 out of the 24 patients with headaches had TMJD. That percentage, nearly 50% is deemed a very high proportion compared to the 15 percent in the total population of TMJD sufferers.

As scientific opinion proceeds to grow on the correlation between headaches and TMJD, patients who think they may have this problem should talk with any staff member at our practice. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

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Signs or Symptoms of TMJ

• Clicking or popping while yawning 
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Tenderness in jaw muscles
• Stuffy ears
• Jaw at times locks up while yawning
• Spasm or cramps in the jaw area

Other seemingly unrelated symptoms include back, neck and shoulder pain. While discomfort in this area could be seen as having no relationship to the temporomandibular jaw joint, individuals suffering from malocclusion are likely to tilt their heads over and over, compelling the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders to compensate.

Having your arms or hands “go to sleep” or go numb could also be an unexpected sign of TMJ disorder. This results from nerves in your arms and hands being squeezed by muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders and face.

Finally, to add insult to injury, you can develop chronic depression after years of chronic pain.

If you experienced any symptoms like these, mention it to Dr. Szierer. Our treatment usually includes zero pills, zero shots, zero surgery, and no unwanted side effects. Dr. Szierer can deal with these difficulties because they are most likely due to clenching your teeth while you are asleep and occasionally throughout the day. Whenever you clench your teeth, you utilize some of the most powerful muscles within your body. These muscle contractions may cause early morning headaches and/or stress headaches, and perhaps harm surrounding ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles.

The majority of dental treatment to treat malocclusion involves the usage of a splint, or a dental device which temporarily modifies the bite. In more serious instances, could recommend a long-lasting change in the bite using tooth replacement, shifting teeth using orthodontic treatment, or perhaps a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many patients, the results have been effective and their return to a pain-free state has given them 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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