Tired of Headaches?

images-1When your bite is healthy, it’s physiologically sound and the top jaw is aligned with your bottom jaw. This means that your bite is in an optimal position, the muscles are calm and relaxed and your jaw functions comfortably. 

A number of issues can affect the alignment of your jaw, from losing teeth to having teeth wear down unevenly. 

Imagine having to always wear a shoe with a stone in it. You would eventually learn to manage walking and even running but it would throw your hips and spine out of alignment resulting in all manner of flow on affects.

Similarly, when your jaw is out of alignment, commonly called TMD Disorder, a variety of painful, bothersome symptoms can result, including:

• Headaches and migraines

• Worn, chipped or cracked teeth

• Broken dental restorations

• Pain around jaw joints

• Pain in teeth that seems to migrate

• Neck, shoulder and back pain

• Facial pain

• Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints

• Limited movement or locking jaw

• Numbness in the fi ngers and arms

• Congestion or stiffness of the ears

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a chronic disease affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

It may take years to develop. People who suffer from TMD have a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship often caused by a bad bite, stress, arthritis, facial trauma or whiplash.

Because many conditions can cause similar symptoms to TMD, your dentist will conduct a careful patient history and physical examination to determine the cause of your symptoms. There are a range of treatment options depending on the situation from basic care to more involved and complex solutions.

Basic Care:

• moist heat or cold packs with guided stretching exercises

• eat soft foods

• certain drugs to reduce infl ammation or reduce stress

• avoiding extreme jaw movements

• good posture

More Complex Care:

• Neuromuscular dentistry is one of the most innovative divisions of modern dentistry. Using the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles, the jaw is guided into an optimal physiological position. Once this new position has been established then a range of options can be used to keep it in the new balanced position. This is one of my favourite areas of dentistry as the results in improving patient’s symptoms is often dramatic.

• Often full time customised splints or night gaurds may be used. This is a simple approach which we find alleviates a great many people experiencing.

• Sometimes there is no option but surgery.

Should you be one of the many people suffering some of the above symptoms, it may be there is a dental based solution that may not only reduce pain, but prevent ongoing broken fillings, worn and chipped teeth. We have often found this to lead to a great improvement in the quality of people’s lives.

Please feel free to contact us at Bywater Dental in Takapuna if you have any enquiries and would like to discuss your situation at a time convenient to you on 09 4861605.