Malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite”, could possibly be the the most likely culprit of a series of symptoms like migraine headaches, snapping noises in the jaw joint, dizziness, and ear pain or itching. When your teeth come together incorrectly — whether it is from incorrect dental treatment, getting your mom’s dental genes, bad habits or sports injuries — it can make your daily life miserable. Luckily, malocclusion is fixable.
About 60 million Americans currently have Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS).
For many years, the notion that a migraine headache was linked to the jaw joint wasn’t taken seriously. But now it appears the medical and dental communities are in agreement that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.
In fact, most individuals saw many doctors on the medical merry-go-round, seeing doctor after doctor, before they came to our dental practice, often as a last hope for relief. That’s mainly because many people do not recognize that their particular conditions are linked to malocclusion.
Research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine evaluated the presence of TMJS in twenty-four individuals referred to a neurology clinic. The purpose was to determine the percentage of individuals referred to a neurology center for headache where TMJS is the foremost reason for pain. They found that 11 out of the 24 individuals with headache had TMJS. That percentage, nearly 50% is regarded as a very high proportion compared to the 15% in the total population of TMJS sufferers.
As evidence continues to mount regarding the association involving headaches and TMJS, patients who believe they may have this problem should talk with any staff member at Berrien Dental. Dr. Balsis and Todd Christy has pursued advanced training in this treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ
- Popping or clicking whenever opening your mouth
- Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Light headedness
- Pain in jaw muscles
- Ear aches
- Jaw from time to time locks up while yawning
- Cramps or spasms within the jaw region
Other symptoms that may not at first seem connected to malocclusion include shoulder, neck and back pain. Even though pain in this part of the body may appear to be completely isolated from the jaw, those who suffer from TMJ are prone to repeatedly tilt their heads, thereby forcing the neck, shoulder, and back muscles to stabilize the head.
Having your arms or hands “go to sleep” or go numb could also be an unexpected sign of TMJ disorder. The symptoms most likely are from spasming muscles in the jaw, neck and face, cause pinched nerves in the arms and hands.
Last, but not least, you may suffer from depression because of the chronic pain.
If you have any symptoms like these, talk to any staff member. Our treatment methods usually consist of absolutely no pills, zero shots, zero surgical procedures, and no side effects. We are able to treat these problems since they are most likely due to clenching your teeth when you are sleeping and occasionally throughout the day. If you clench your teeth, you utilize a number of the most powerful muscles in the human body. These high-intensity contractions of said strong muscles grow to be very painful and the pressures created cause pain in surrounding tissues, joints, and other muscles.
The majority of dental treatment to relieve malocclusion necessitates the employment of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily adjusts the bite. In more extreme instances, the doctor might propose a long-term change in the bite with tooth replacement, shifting teeth using orthodontic therapy, or perhaps a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For most affected individuals, the final results have been successful and their return to a pain-free level has given these people another chance at a more rewarding life.