Several pain issues associated with the head, jaw, neck and shoulders may actually be caused by an incorrect bite. Schedule a consultation to see how we can help.
Many people don’t realize that several pain issues associated with the head, jaw, neck and shoulders may actually be caused by an incorrect bite. Included among these are debilitating migraines, and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD, which presents in many patients as frequent and intense pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulders.
If you suffer from frequent and / or intense “tension headaches” or “migraines” and also notice that you frequently clench your teeth or jaw, a simple device may help you reduce the severity and intensity of your headaches. The NTI Tension Suppression System is a small oral appliance that is customized to fit perfectly over your upper front teeth while you sleep, or at any other time when you find yourself clenching your jaw.
This relieves additional pressure on the jaw and temples, reducing muscle fatigue or spasms, and often resulting in the alleviation of head and jaw pain. The NTI Tension Suppression System is an easy, effective way to treat your headaches and jaw pain without medication or extended therapy.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that rotates just in front of your ear, allowing your lower jaw to open and close against the upper one. When your bite is perfectly in alignment, everything works well and there is usually no pain.
However, if your bite is misaligned, this joint and the muscles attached to it can become stressed, causing pain in the head, jaw, neck and shoulders. This is referred to as TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
The “cramping” feeling of the surrounding muscles is often accompanied by a clicking noise or “popping” sensation when the jaw is open or shut, or even to the jaw becoming temporarily “stuck”.
If left untreated, TMD can lead to tissue damage, muscle tenderness and more cramping. In addition, tooth grinding or clenching of the jaw can be present, causing even more pain and worn or sensitive teeth.
TMD usually does not require surgery. There are many non-invasive options, including a custom orthotic device that can realign your bite and stop the painful symptoms.
Ask Dr. Postol if you have migraines that might be caused by clenching of the jaw, or symptoms that could be attributed to TMJ / TMD. He can perform a consultation and exam to determine what course of treatment is right for you.