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Could You Possibly Have Unbalanced Occlusion?

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Malocclusion, known simply as a “bad bite”, could be the primary cause of a number of problems like migraine headaches, snapping noises in the jaw joint, vertigo, and ear discomfort or itching. When teeth come together poorly — whether it’s via incorrect dental treatment, getting your dad’s dental genes, unhealthy behaviors or accidental oral trauma — it can make your daily life unpleasant. Luckily, malocclusion is curable.

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

For a long time, the idea that a migraine headache was linked to the jaw joint wasn’t taken seriously. Today, however, the dental and medical communities are supporting the conclusion that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.

In fact, the majority of affected individuals saw many doctors on the medical merry-go-round, seeing doctor after doctor, before they made an appointment at our dental practice, frequently as a last hope for relief. That’s because many individuals don’t recognize that their particular conditions are actually linked to malocclusion.

A study through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine looked at the existence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome in twenty-four patients referred to a neurology clinic. The goal was to determine the percentage of individuals referred to a neurology center for headache where TMJS would be the number one cause of pain. They determined that 11 of the 24 individuals with headache had TMJS. That percentage, nearly fifty percent is deemed a very high proportion compared to the 15% in the overall population of TMJS sufferers.

As proof proceeds to mount on the connection involving headaches and TMJS, individuals who feel they have this problem should talk with Dr. Peck. Dr. Peck has pursued advanced training in this treatment.

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Indicators of TMJ

• Clicking or popping when opening your mouth 
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Light headedness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Stuffy ears
• Jaw sometimes locks up whenever yawning
• Spasms or cramps in the jaw region

Some other symptoms that may not seem connected to malocclusion include shoulder, neck and back pain. While discomfort in this part of the body could be seen as having no relationship to the the balance of your bite, individuals suffering from an unbalanced bite are prone 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 might also indicate TMJ syndrome. This results from nerves in your arms and hands being squeezed by muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders and face.

Last, but not least, depression may haunt you as a result of daily pain.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, talk with Dr. Peck. Dr. Peck’s treatment methods usually consist of no pills, no shots, no surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. Dr. Peck can deal with these difficulties since they are most likely due to clenching your teeth when you’re sleeping and sometimes during the day. When you clench your teeth, you use a number of the most powerful muscles within your body. These high-intensity contractions of such strong muscles turn out to be painful and the forces created cause pain in adjacent tissues, joints, along with other muscles.

The majority of dental treatment to cure malocclusion involves the usage of a splint, or an oral device which temporarily adjusts the bite. In more serious cases, could suggest a permanent improvement in the bite using tooth replacement, moving teeth through orthodontic treatment, or possibly a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For numerous individuals, the results have been effective and their return to a pain-free state has offered these folks another chance for a far more rewarding life.