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Headaches related to teeth

September 17, 2010 by  
Filed under News & Information

For years we have been treating headaches that are related to “TMJ ” syndrome. In the early 80’s one of the more prestigious medical schools siad that their research indicated that 68% of the chronic headaches were related to jaw joint problems. They called it TMJ dysfunction. Our office was treating it as early as 1979 with various treatment modalities from “tens units” to splints. The splint therapy was very successful but the other treatment modalities were very marginal in effect.  We still treat a lot of TMJ problems today with bite splint therapy. No other method of treatment has worked as well.

The newest study by the University of Buffalo indicated that 82% of the headaches can now be related to the TMJ  or the muscles associated with the head and neck area. The problem is that the medical community does not recognize that it is dental in origin. The result is massive pain prescritions for the symptom (pain) and a lack of treatment of the actual cause (the TMJ and its muscle groups). These headaches are misdiagnosed as migraine the majority of the time.

There are several reasons for the TMJ headache:

1. muscle spasms in the head and neck region

2. actual TM joint dysfunction

3. missing teeth that cause an imbalance in the bite

4. grinding and clenching

All of these have the splint treament in common, but muscle relaxers may be necessary in conjunction with the splint. Sometimes orthodontics is necessary to move the teeth into a more balanced position, sometimes the missing teeth have to be replaced again to gain balance.

If you have concerns in this area, call either of our offices for a consultation.

Anderson: 765-649-3388

Fishers: 317-578-1933