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Fred H. Peck, DDS, AAACD
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Are You Suffering From Malocclusion?

Peck TMJ Dental Patient Butch

Do you have severe headaches, neck pain, clicking in your jaw, restricted opening range of the jaw or ringing ears. It may be Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

About 60 million people in America currently have TMJS.

Many chewing difficulties tend to be brought about if the muscle tissue in the jaw and temporomandibular joint are misaligned or out of place. TMJS is oftentimes the prognosis.

For many years, the notion that chronic headaches and migraines were linked to the jaw joint had not been taken seriously. But, at last the medical and dental communities are collaborating in an interdisciplinary system of treating Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

Research through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine examined the existence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome in twenty-four individuals referred to a neurology practice. The objective was to identify the amount of sufferers referred to a neurology clinic for headache where TMJS would be the primary source of pain. They discovered that 11 out of the 24 sufferers with headache had TMJS. That percentage, nearly half, is deemed a very high proportion when compared to the 15% in the general population determined to have TMJS.

As proof continues to mount on the link between headaches and TMJS, patients who feel they may have this problem should come to our practice. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

Peck TMJ Dental Patient Hannah

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

• Clicking, popping when opening your mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Ear ache
• Jaw from time to time locks up when yawning
• Cramps or spasm in the jaw region

Causes of TMJ:

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. Peck 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 suffer from any of these symptoms, speak to us. Our treatment usually consists of no pills, no shots, no surgery, and no adverse reactions. We can address these issues since they are more than likely brought on by clenching your teeth while you are asleep and sometimes throughout the day. When you clench your teeth, you use many of the most powerful muscles within your body. These kinds of muscle contractions may cause morning headaches and/or stress headaches and even harm surrounding ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles. Simply by decreasing the intensity of the clenching by sleeping with a TMJ splint, you are successfully reducing the source of the pain.

The majority of dental treatment to treat malocclusion calls for the use of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily adjusts the bite. In more serious instances, the doctor may suggest a long-term change in the bite with tooth replacement, moving teeth with orthodontic treatment, or possibly a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many people, the final results were effective and their return to a pain-free condition has offered them another chance at a more rewarding life.