June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and there are over 37 million Americans who have been diagnosed with migraines. On top of that, more than 50% of all visits to family physicians are due to head, neck or back pain.
Many recurrent headaches and debilitating migraines may actually be caused by an underlying dental issue called malocclusion – a structural imbalance in your bite. Your head and neck pain is very real and may be a symptom of a faulty jaw joint, referred to as TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) dysfunction. The TMJ is where the lower jaw attaches to the upper jaw, and when your bite is not in harmony with your jaw, excessive pressure is put on this joint causing pain and discomfort which usually gets worse with time if it’s not treated.
This same area is surrounded by blood vessels, nerves and muscles which are linked to your head and neck, so they may also become stressed leading to painful migraines or headaches. Other symptoms might include:
• Neck, shoulder and backaches
• Pain in the sinus area, behind the eyes or in front of the ear
• Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joints
• Limited opening or movement of the jaws
• Dizziness and/or ringing in the ears
• Grinding/clenching of teeth
The good news is that through TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) therapy, the doctors at Jackson Creek Dental Group can diagnose malocclusion and develop a treatment plan to gently return your bite to its optimal position, eliminating pain for good. Give us a call at 209.223.2712 to schedule an appointment today. New patients are always welcome.
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