Morning Headaches?

Chestnut Green Dental TMJ Dental Patient GeenaDo you suffer from a clicking jaw, headaches, ringing in the ears, neck aches, or restricted opening of your jaw? If so, TMJ Syndrome could be the culprit.

TMJS is actually a problem over 60 million Americans have.

In other words, the ligaments, muscle tissue, bones and especially the joints tend not to align properly, therefore triggering discomfort.

For years, the notion that chronic headaches and migraines were related to the jaw joint had not been taken seriously. However, today the dental and medical communities are working together in an interdisciplinary treatment regimen for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

A study through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine examined the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS) in 24 individuals referred to a neurology clinic. The objective was to figure out the number of individuals referred to a neurology center for headaches where TMJS is the foremost cause of pain. They determined that 11 of the 24 individuals with headaches had TMJS. That percentage, nearly fifty percent, is thought to be a high proportion compared to the 15% in the overall population determined to have TMJS.

As evidence proceeds to mount on the link involving headaches and TMJS, patients who think they may have this problem should come to our practice. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

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Indicators of TMJ

• Popping, clicking while opening your mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Ear aches
• Jaw sometimes locks up while yawning
• Cramps or spasm in the jaw area

What Causes TMJ Syndrome?

Because the TMJ is such an oft-used and complex joint, the potential causes of temporomandibular joint syndrome are many. Through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Cornwell 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 syndrome 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 experienced any symptoms like these, speak with Dr. Cornwell. Our own treatment methods usually consists of zero pills, zero shots, zero surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. We are able to take care of these problems since they are most probably due to clenching your teeth when you’re asleep and sometimes throughout the day. If you clench your teeth, you utilize many of the most powerful muscles in the human body. These muscle contractions may cause early morning headaches and/or tension headaches and perhaps damage nearby ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles. Simply by cutting down the strength of the squeezing by using a nighttime appliance, you are effectively minimizing the source of the discomfort.

The majority of dental treatment to treat malocclusion involves the use of a splint, or a dental device that temporarily modifies the bite. In more severe cases, Dr. Cornwell might suggest a long-lasting change in the bite with tooth replacement, moving teeth through orthodontic therapy, or possibly a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For numerous affected individuals, the outcomes have been successful and their return to a pain-free condition has provided these individuals one more chance for a considerably more productive life.