Morning Headaches?

Khoury TMJ Dental Patient Amy

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

TMJS is something over 60 million Americans have.

A lot of chewing problems are brought about when the muscle tissue in the jaw or temporomandibular joint are misaligned or out of alignment. 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 coming together in an interdisciplinary approach to treating Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (Disorder).

A study through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine looked at the existence of TMJD in 24 individuals referred to a neurology medical office. The objective was to identify the amount of sufferers referred to a neurology center for headache where TMJD would be the main source of pain. They discovered that 11 out of the 24 sufferers with headache had TMJD. That percentage, nearly 50%, is viewed as a very high percentage when compared to the 15% in the overall population determined to have TMJD.

As proof proceeds to mount on the connection involving headaches and TMJD, people who believe they may have this disorder should come to our practice. We have pursued advanced training in this treatment.

Khoury TMJ Dental Patient Jing Lee

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

• Popping, clicking when opening the mouth
• Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw 
• Severe headaches and/or migraines
• Dizziness
• Pain in jaw muscles
• Ringing ears
• Jaw from time to time locks up when yawning
• Cramps or spasm within the jaw region

What Causes TMJ Syndrome?

Because the TMJ is such an oft-used and complex joint, the potential causes of temporomandibular joint disorder are many. Through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. Khoury 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 disorder 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 have any of these symptoms, speak to Dr. Khoury. Our treatment usually consists of absolutely no pills, no shots, no surgery, and no side effects. We are able to address these difficulties since they are most probably brought on by clenching your teeth when you are asleep and sometimes throughout the day. Whenever you clench your teeth, you use a number of the most powerful muscles in the human body. These muscle contractions may cause early morning headaches and/or tension headaches, and even damage surrounding ligaments, teeth, and other muscles.

By simply decreasing the intensity of the squeezing by wearing a night splint, you’re successfully reducing the source of the discomfort.

Almost all dental treatment to cure malocclusion requires the use of a splint, or an oral device that temporarily alters the bite. In more extreme cases, the doctor could suggest a long-lasting improvement in the bite with tooth replacement, moving teeth using orthodontic treatment, or possibly a combination of bonding and crowns or veneers. For most patients, the outcomes have been effective and their return to a pain-free condition has given these folks an additional chance at a considerably more successful life.

Contact Us

  • Amine Khoury, DDS
  • 3434 Villa Lane • Suite 160
  • Napa, CA 94558

  • Office Hours
  • Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday by appointment

  • (707) 265-9440

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