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Fred H. Peck, DDS, AAACD
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Morning Headaches and/or Jaw Pain?

Peck TMJ Dental Patient Geena

Do you have a clicking jaw, severe headaches, ringing in your ears, neck aches, or restricted opening of your jaw? If you do, TMJ Syndrome may be the offender.

TMJS is actually something over 60 million people in America have.

Simply put, TMJS is the debilitating condition that results when the muscles, the jaw and the temporomandibular joint are out of position or misaligned, resulting in difficulties when chewing.

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

Research through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine evaluated the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome in 24 patients referred to a neurology practice. The goal was to determine the amount of sufferers referred to a neurology clinic for headaches where TMJS would be the primary reason for pain. They determined that 11 of the 24 sufferers with headaches had TMJS. That percentage, nearly half, is viewed as a very high proportion compared to the 15 percent in the overall population determined to have TMJS.

As proof proceeds to mount regarding the correlation involving headaches and TMJS, individuals who believe they may have this condition should come to our practice. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

Peck TMJ Dental Patient Jing Lee

Signs or Symptoms of TMJ

• Popping, clicking while yawning
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Itching ears
• Jaw at times locks up while yawning
• Spasm or cramps within the jaw region

How Do You Get TMJ Syndrome?

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, talk to Dr. Peck. Our own treatment methods usually consists of absolutely no pills, zero shots, zero surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. We are able to deal with these issues since they are most probably caused by clenching your teeth while you are sleeping and occasionally during the day. When you clench your teeth, you utilize a number of the most powerful muscles within your body. These muscle contractions may cause early morning headaches and/or stress headaches and in many cases damage surrounding ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles. By reducing the strength of the grinding by wearing a night splint, you are effectively minimizing the source of the pain.

The majority of dental treatment to treat malocclusion necessitates the employment of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily adjusts the bite. In more severe cases, Dr. Peck may recommend a long-term improvement in the bite using tooth replacement, moving teeth using orthodontic treatment, or a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For many affected individuals, the results have been successful and their return to a pain-free state has provided them an additional chance at a considerably more productive life.