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Have You Been Diagnosed With An Incorrect Bite?

Alexandria Old Town Dental TMJ Dental Patient CrownersMalocclusion, also known as a “bad bite”, could be the primary cause of a series of conditions including migraines, snapping noises in the jaw joint, dizziness, and ear pain or itching. When your teeth line up badly — whether it’s via incorrect dental treatment, getting your dad’s dental genes, bad habits or accidental oral trauma — it may make your daily life awful. Fortunately, malocclusion is fixable.

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS) is actually something more than 60 million Americans have.

For years, the idea that a migraine headache was related to the jaw joint wasn’t given serious attention. But now it appears the medical and dental communities are of like mind that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.

In fact, the majority of affected individuals bought numerous rides on the medical merry-go-round before they made an appointment at our practice, often as a final option. That’s due to the fact that most people do not recognize that their symptoms are associated with malocclusion.

Research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine evaluated the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in twenty-four patients referred to a neurology practice. The purpose was to determine the number of patients referred to a neurology clinic for headache where TMJD would be the foremost cause of pain. They determined that 11 out of the 24 patients with headache had TMJD. That percentage, nearly 50% is deemed a very high proportion when compared to the 15% in the overall population of TMJD sufferers.

As evidence continues to mount regarding the correlation between headaches and TMJD, sufferers who feel they have this condition should talk with any staff member at our practice. We have pursued advanced training in this treatment.

Signs of TMJ

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

Other symptoms that might not seem connected to malocclusion include back, neck and shoulder pain. Even if aches in this area could be seen as having no relationship to the mouth area, those who suffer from malocclusion are most likely going to tilt their heads over and over, thereby forcing the neck, shoulder, and back muscles to stabilize the head.

Tingling or numbness in the hands and arms could also be an unexpected sign of TMJ disorder. Why? Because spasming muscles in the jaw, neck and face cause pinched nerves in the arms and hands.

And, finally, you may be experiencing depression resulting from enduring daily pain.

If you experienced any of these symptoms, mention it to Dr. Longman. Our own treatment usually includes no pills, no shots, no surgery, and no adverse reactions. We can deal with these difficulties since they’re most probably brought on by clenching your teeth while you are asleep and occasionally throughout the day. If you clench your teeth, you make use of many of the most powerful muscles in the human body. The high-intensity contractions of such powerful muscles turn out to be painful and the pressures generated cause pain in adjacent tissues, joints, and also other muscles.

Most dental treatment to cure malocclusion calls for the employment of a splint, or an oral device which temporarily adjusts the bite. In more serious cases, the doctor might suggest a long-lasting change in the bite with tooth replacement, shifting teeth through orthodontic therapy, or maybe a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For most individuals, the results have been successful and their return to a pain-free state has provided them an additional chance for a considerably more productive life.