If you have headaches on a regular basis, it is a good idea to tell Dr. Marnie about them as they may be part of an overall condition called TMD or tempomandibular disorder. Your headaches may be associated with an improper bite resulting in muscle tension hypoxia and fatigue.
TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) is often called TMJ by many patients. It is common and painful collection of symptoms involving regions in the head, neck and jaw joint. Many philosophies exist on how dentists can improve the lives of those patients living with this painful condition. To better help her patients Dr Marnie has studied extensively in the area of TMD under several different mentors including Drs. John Kois (Kois Center), DeWitt Wilkerson (Dawson Academy), Warren Roberts (PTIFA) and LVI (Neuromuscular Dentistry). What she understands is that no one treatment works well for all persons.
Your bite can be a factor in many types of headaches and jaw pain or functional problems because of the inter-relationship of the overall musculoskeletal system. Since there is a relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles, and head posture, a problem in any one of these areas may affect others. If you suspect that you suffer from TMD, Dr. Marnie will help you determine if your habitual bite is a contributing cause of your condition or pain.
Symptoms that may be included in TMD include
- Headaches, neck and facial pain
- Clenching or grinding
- Jaw joint pain, clicking, popping or grinding
- Ear congestion or ringing of the ears
- Loose teeth, difficulty chewing or sensitive teeth
- Pain with opening your mouth
- Tingling in your fingertips
Treatment often involves a multidisciplinary approach and may include
- Registered massage therapists
- Chiropractoric treatment
- TENS systems to relax muscles
- Bite management or occlusal equilibration
- Brux, night or grinding guards