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Migraines and Headaches
Many Canadians suffer from chronic headaches. They have tried everything to fix them from medication to acupuncture. The reality is that most headaches are caused by muscle tension or spasm of the muscles responsible for chewing: The temples, sinus areas, cheeks, even the neck. Many migraine sufferers have been misdiagnosed and cope through the use of medication, exercise, massage, etc. If you are a chronic headache sufferer, we may have a permanent solution for you. The relief is almost immediate, and for many, permanent. No surgery. No discomfort. No freezing, and often no night guard required. Ask us how.
What is TMJ?
For those who have pain OTHER than muscle-type headache pain, the next likely cause are the TMJ's. Temporomandibular joints, called TMJ’s are the jaw joints located in front of your ears. They act like hinges connecting the upper and lower jaws. They are complicated joints since they pivot (rotate) as well as slide (translate). This allows us to open wide as well as move the lower jaw right and left. Any condition causing pain, damage or instability of the TMJ’s is called TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
Did you know?
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD’s) are 7 times more common in females than in males.
Only 3% of all TMD’s are caused by problems with the joint itself: 97% are caused by muscle spasm or bite misalignment, and are therefore very treatable. TMD’s are the most common cause of chronic headaches. TMD is a progressive disease, which means that jaw joints that click may become chronically painful in the future if left untreated.
A simple test:
With your mouth slightly open, tip your head back so that your nose is pointing toward the ceiling.
Completely relax your jaws.
Slowly close your teeth so they touch as lightly as possible, and tap them very lightly together. Which teeth touch first?
Ideally, all upper and lower teeth should touch simultaneously. If the back teeth, front teeth, or one side touch first, it is likely that your bite is misaligned and causing TMD.
The good news.
Most TMJ problems are treatable with very conservative measures.
Ask us how.
About Dr. Thordarson
Dr. Thordarson has been practicing dentistry since 1992. He has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in the field of cosmetic and implant dentistry as well as TMJ therapy and rehabilitation. He currently practices in Ancaster, Ontario, CANADA.