Have You Been Diagnosed With Badly Aligned Teeth?

Sophisticated Smiles TMJ Dental Patient Lily

Malocclusion, known simply as a “bad bite”, might be the culprit of a number of symptoms including migraine headaches, snapping sounds in the jaw joint, dizziness, and ear discomfort or itching. When teeth come together incorrectly — whether it’s from incorrect dental treatment, getting your dad’s dental genes, bad habits or a car accident — it can make your daily life awful. The good news is, malocclusion is treatable.

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

For a long time, the idea that a migraine headache was linked to the jaw joint wasn’t taken seriously. But today the dental and medical communities are of like mind that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.

In fact, many sufferers saw many doctors on the medical merry-go-round before they came to our practice, frequently as a last resort. That’s due to the fact that many individuals do not know that their particular symptoms are actually linked to malocclusion.

Research through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine evaluated the existence of TMJD in 24 individuals referred to a neurology clinic. The purpose was to determine the number of individuals referred to a neurology center for headaches where TMJD would be the primary reason for pain. They determined that 11 out of the 24 individuals with headaches had TMJD. That percentage, nearly half is considered a high percentage when compared to the 15% in the overall population of TMJD sufferers.

As proof continues to grow regarding the relationship between headaches and TMJD, people who feel they have this problem should talk with Dr. Szierer. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

Sophisticated Smiles TMJ Dental Patient Hannah

Indicators of TMJ

• Popping or clicking whenever yawning 
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Itching ears
• Jaw occasionally locks up whenever yawning
• Cramps or spasm within the jaw area

Some other symptoms that might not seem connected to malocclusion include aching in your back, neck or shoulder. Even if aches in this part of the body could be seen as having no relationship to the temporomandibular jaw joint, those who suffer from sore jaw muscles are 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 might also indicate TMJ disorder. Why? Because nerves in your arms and hands being squeezed by muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders and face.

Finally, to add insult to injury, depression may haunt you as a result of never-ending aches and pains.

If you experienced one or more of these symptoms, speak with Dr. Szierer. Our own treatment usually involves absolutely no pills, zero shots, zero surgery, and no unwanted side effects. Dr. Szierer can address these difficulties since they’re more than likely caused by clenching your teeth when you’re sleeping and sometimes during the day. When you clench your teeth, you use some of the most powerful muscles in your body. These high-intensity contractions of those powerful muscles become painful and the pressures created cause pain in adjacent tissues, joints, along with other muscles.

Most dental treatment to remedy malocclusion involves the use of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily modifies the bite. In more serious instances, could suggest a permanent improvement in the bite with tooth replacement, moving teeth with orthodontic therapy, or maybe a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many individuals, the results were successful and their return to a pain-free level has provided these individuals one more chance at a more productive life.

Contact Us

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

Follow Us

Request A Consult

Members of

aacd aaid cc ua