Morning Headaches?

Do you have flat teeth that are too short, headaches, neck pain, clicking in your jaw, restricted opening range of the jaw or ringing in your ears. If you do, TMJ Syndrome could be the reason.

TMJS is actually a problem about 60 million people in America have.

Many chewing complications are brought about when the muscle tissue in the jaw or temporomandibular joint are misaligned or out of position. TMJS is often the diagnosis.

For many years, the notion that chronic headaches and migraines were related to the jaw joint was not taken seriously. However, today the medical and dental communities are joining forces in an interdisciplinary treatment regimen for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine looked at the presence of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS) in twenty-four patients referred to a neurology practice. The objective was to figure out the amount of individuals referred to a neurology center for headache where TMJS is the main cause of pain. They discovered that 11 out of the 24 individuals with headache had TMJS. That percentage, nearly half, is regarded as a high proportion when compared to the 15% in the total population determined to have TMJS.

As proof continues to mount regarding the connection involving headaches and TMJS, individuals who feel they have this disorder should come to our practice. We have taken advanced training in this treatment.

Signs or Symptoms of TMJ

  • Clicking, popping whenever yawning
  • Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw
  • Chronic headaches and/or migraines
  • Light headedness
  • Pain in jaw muscles
  • Ear aches
  • Jaw at times locks up while yawning
  • Cramps or spasm 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. Gaudio 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 experienced any of these symptoms, speak to us. Our own treatment usually involves zero pills, no shots, no surgical procedures, and no adverse reactions. Dr. Gaudio can deal with these issues since they are more than likely brought on by clenching your teeth when you are asleep and sometimes throughout the day. If you clench your teeth, you make use of many of the most powerful muscles in your body. These muscle contractions may cause early morning headaches and/or tension headaches and perhaps damage nearby ligaments, teeth, as well as other muscles. By simply lowering the force level of the squeezing by using a nighttime appliance, you’re successfully lessening the cause of the discomfort.

The majority of dental treatment to cure malocclusion involves the employment of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily adjusts the bite. In more severe instances, might advise a permanent change in the bite using tooth replacement, shifting teeth with orthodontic treatment, or possibly a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For numerous patients, the outcomes have been successful and their return to a pain-free condition has provided these people an additional chance at a far more productive life.


Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry

Joseph Gaudio, DDS

530 East Main Street • PO Box 724 • Chester, NJ 07930

(908) 879-4001

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