Did you know that up to 50% of the people who have head, neck or facial pain own at least some, if not all of the pain to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction syndrome? Often referred to as the great imposter, this all too common problem is consistently overlooked and misdiagnosed by many well-trained and caring physicians and dentists. As a result, the patients wind up with years of pain, frustration, and a medicine cabinet full of drugs that offer no solutions. Please read on to see why West Palm Beach Dentistry has the solution.
Why Is There So Much Confusion?
Much has been written on the topic of headaches and TMJ, but very little has been said about the relationship between headaches, neck and ear pain, and TMJ syndrome, even though for more than fifty years research has shown it causes a high percentage of muscle contraction (tension type) headache pain and extensive damage to teeth and jaws. Despite this objective evidence many well-trained caring professionals cannot detect or accurately diagnose TMJ-related headache pain. TMJ dysfunction causes great suffering, yet patients who suffer with this disease remain confused and often are in a great deal of pain!
Keep this in mind
- Headaches are so common that people accept them as a part of life.
- Many people have been getting headaches for so long they don’t even know what “normal” feels like anymore.
- Individuals usually self diagnose their headaches, as a result they often start looking for answers in the wrong direction.
- A large percentage of headaches diagnosed as stress and even migraines can be due to TMJ dysfunction.
- If the bite can be evened so there is no conflict between jaw joints, teeth, and muscles, the pain will stop.
John Hopkins Report
According to the National Headache Foundation (NHF) studies, headaches are an accepted part of life for more than 45 million Americans.
Recently, John Hopkins University Medical School researchers concluded in a report on chronic and episodic tension type headaches, in the journal of the American Medical Association, that these types of headaches were a highly prevalent condition having a significant functional impact at work, home, and school. Forty-three percent of people in the John Hopkins study reported that their work suffered as a result of their headaches. In addition eight percent of the people reported losing workdays due to headaches.
The NHF estimates that employers lose $50 billion per year due to absenteeism and medical expenses caused by headaches and migraine sufferers lose more that 157 million workdays each year. Headaches mean big business, especially when the underlying cause goes undetected and unsuccessfully treated, forcing patients to go from doctor to doctor in search for a diagnosis and relief from their pain. People rarely consider that their headaches could be due to their bite.
Your Headaches Could Be Due to TMJ Dysfunction
- If you get frequent tension head and/or neck aches.
- If you wake up in the morning with head, neck or jaw aches.
- If you get reoccurring ear pain or ringing and the ear doctor finds nothing wrong.
- If you get pain in the temples or forehead and you think it is due to eyestrain but your eyes have been checked and are fine.
- If your jaw feels sore or tired after chewing a lot.
- If you hear popping or clicking or grinding sounds in your jaw or ears when you open or close your mouth.
- If you are aware that you sometimes grind or clench your teeth.
- If someone else told you that you grind your teeth.
- If there are any signs of damage from teeth grinding even though you are not aware that you grind your teeth.
- If you get head, neck or facial pain and are uncertain of the cause.
The definition of TMJDS is that the total pain or dental problem can be proven to be caused by the bite being in conflict with the jaw joints. There are many other types of head pain that are not due to TMJDS. These other types of head pain such as arthritis, sinus, and true migraines are not due to a bite problem.
The key to success is to be able to determine what the proper diagnosis is and apply the proper treatment. We can help you with this - we work with patients throughout the greater West Palm Beach, Florida area.