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Have You Been Diagnosed With Teeth That Mesh Badly?

Do you have severe headaches, neck aches, clicking of the jaw, restricted opening range of the jaw or ringing ears. If you do, TMJ Syndrome could be the most likely culprit.

TMJS is something about 60 million Americans currently have.

Quite a few chewing difficulties are brought about if the muscle tissue in the jaw and temporomandibular joint are misaligned or out of place. TMJS can often be the prognosis.

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

A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine evaluated the existence of TMJD in 24 individuals referred to a neurology practice. The purpose was to figure out the number of sufferers referred to a neurology center for headaches where TMJD is the foremost reason for pain. They discovered that 11 of the 24 sufferers with headaches had TMJD. That percentage, nearly fifty percent, is regarded as a high percentage compared to the 15% in the total population determined to have TMJD.

As proof proceeds to mount on the association between headaches and TMJD, sufferers who feel they may have this problem should come to our practice. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

Signs of TMJ

• Clicking, popping whenever opening your mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Light headedness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Itching ears
• Jaw at times locks up while yawning
• Spasm or cramps within the jaw region

Causes of TMJ:

Because the TMJ is such an oft-used and complex joint, the potential causes of temporomandibular joint disorder are many. Through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York 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 disorder 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 to Dr. Pat Riley and Dr. Roy York. Our treatment usually includes no pills, zero shots, zero surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. We are able to take care of these difficulties because they are most likely due to clenching your teeth while you are asleep and occasionally during the day. Whenever you clench your teeth, you utilize some of the strongest muscles in your body.

The high-intensity contractions of such powerful muscles turn out to be very painful and the forces generated cause pain in bordering tissues, joints, and also other muscles.

By just decreasing the strength of the grinding by using a nighttime appliance, you are effectively minimizing the cause of the pain.

Almost all dental treatment to relieve malocclusion calls for the use of a splint, or a dental device which temporarily alters the bite. In more extreme situations, the doctor might propose a permanent improvement in the bite with tooth replacement, shifting teeth using orthodontic therapy, or maybe a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For numerous individuals, the results were successful and their return to a pain-free level has offered these individuals one more chance at a considerably more productive life.