Headaches? Bad sleep? Grinding your teeth? Come and see how we can help
Headaches are such a common occurrence you may not think that they relate to other more serious conditions. Could your constant headache be a sign of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)?
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, located just in front of the ears on either side of the head. These joints are the hinges upon which your jaw moves when chewing and talking. The TMJ is considered the most complicated joint in the body because it can rotate up and down, as well as slide.
Medical problems relating to the TMJ can affect any part of the neuromuscular system of the jaw and may result in symptoms that you would never consider related.
Some key questions to ask yourself are . . .
Do you clench or grind your teeth during the day or have you been made aware that you do during the night?
Do you often wake up during the night?
Are your jaws or teeth tired when you wake up in the morning?
Do you feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning?
Do you suffer from chronic headaches or neck and shoulder pain?
Do you now, or have you ever had pain in your jaw joint or the sides of your face, particularly around the ear?
Have your jaws ever clicked or locked opened or closed?
Do you tend to chew on only one side of your mouth?
Have you ever had any dental work (crowns, bridges, fillings, etc) that stopped your teeth biting normally together or felt 'in the way'?
Do you experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?
Do you often experience sinus pain or pressure?
Any eye pain or pain behind the eye?
Any double vision?
Correction of the jaw and head position can correct postural issues that are often treated by chiropractors, osteopaths or physios. To have a neuromuscular dentist working with these other medical therapists can make this treatment more effective and long lasting. In fact, the reason these problems continually recur is often a direct result of problems in the jaw position interfering with posture and nasopharyngeal breathing.
Here at New Farm Dental Studio we take a holistic (whole body) approach to treating TMD in order to get to the underlying problem, not just the symptoms. The overall goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to return to normal function and physiology of the jaw . The change in the neural input into the Trigeminal nervous system (the Trigeminal nerve is a major input into the brain. Approximately 20% of the input to the brain comes from the spinal cord. The other 80% comes from 12 sets of cranial nerves that go directly to the body from the brain. These nerves control taste, smell, sight, vision, muscles of facial expression, eye movements and proprioception, as well as our autonomic nervous system) is extremely important in understanding why so many diverse symptoms are often relieved when correcting the jaw disorder.
Treatment is dependent on the specific nature of the disorder and the amount of time you've been experiencing the condition. We perform a variety of tests to help us understand the particular nature of your problems. This is an orthopaedic correction that allows healing and more normal function of the muscular and neurologic systems. It's not about a jaw or tooth problem alone, but a piece of a complex medical jigsaw. Dentists who use neuromuscular techniques are uniquely qualified to correct and work with both the craniomandibular disorders and the related medical issues.
We formulate a comprehensive treatment plan designed specifically to meet your needs.