TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Dysfunction & Headaches
Depending on their frequency and intensity Headaches and TMJ pain can be extremely debilitating and can interfere drastically with the normal tasks of everyday life. If you suffer from headaches, even chronic ones, there may be a straight forward explanation and treatment protocol that can help.
There can be numerous and often multiple factors causing a person to suffer from headaches. Some of those may be poor occlusion, whiplash injuries, teeth grinding, allergies, hormonal imbalances, stress, and systemic disorders to mention only a few.
Headaches and TMJ dysfunction or jaw joint pain/clicking are common complaints that we hear from our patients. In many cases the two symptoms may be linked therefore causing a person to suffer from both jaw joint pain as well as headaches.
Often this can be diagnosed by a simple exam and palpation of the muscles and quickly relieved with myofascial therapy, acupuncture, or craniosacral therapy. Depending on the root cause it may take a series of the treatments to completely solve the problem and a tune-up now and again
If the cause seems to be structurally based, a more comprehensive treatment plan may be indicated by utilizing myofascial splints to help relax the jaw muscles followed by some form of orthodontics or prosthetic dentistry or both.
If it is a more complicated situation we have many advanced diagnostic tests and tools to determine which form of treatment(s) would be most suitable for your situation.
Dental Prevention for a Healthy Mouth and Body
Modern dentistry has been focused on prevention for several decades and the campaign to make people aware and the compliancy of a certain portion of the population has proven that prevention does work. Most people know that regular oral check-ups and cleanings along with daily brushing and flossing do prevent gum disease, decay and greatly reduce the risk of dental infections and tooth loss.
If tooth loss has already occurred or is inevitable - complex dentistry can offer many options from removable prosthesis to implantology to reduce the risk of losing vertical dimension (bone loss which causes collapse of the jaw).
Cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry has come a very long way in correcting not only dysfunctional dental situations but also dramatically changing a person's facial appearance which can have a huge impact on one's self esteem.
Loss of vertical dimension in the mouth, as mentioned above can cause all sorts of structural problems and pain in other areas of the body. Jaw pain, neck pain, back pain and even leg and foot pain can be a result of a bad dental situation.
Infections (such as periodontal disease) in the mouth can also cause a wide range of health conditions in the body as a result of the bacteria that are present. For example, there is an important correlation between the bacteria found in dental plaque biofilm and cardiovascular disease.