Whenever our body crosses its capacity to bear a pathological condition, it results in discomfort and pain occurring in various parts of our body. It means that our senses are going through an unpleasant experience – physical and emotional. This is what we normally interpret as pain, through our subjective experiences.
We all have the ability to function in an accommodative pathologic position. When the pathologic position exceeds our accommodative capacity, we begin to complain of Pain, Discomfort or (Aesthetics).
Pain is telling us something & pain killers are no solution. It is telling us something that we cannot cure.
A Pain killlers, acupunture or accupressure or physiotherapy or pilates or special beds or Megnetism are all increasing our ability to block pains or making body stronger to take pain or increasing Brain Threshold & experience pain.
It’s telling us something. Telling us that “We are not able to diagnose”.
Most Body Pains can be attributed to a malpositioned head. An organ of 5kg appropriate weight, whenever gets repositioned off the Center of Gravity behaves like the 15kg organ & press the body down. It’s like in places where in villages women carry a big pot of water on their heads for miles. Change the position of pot by a minimum and they even not be able to travel for more than a few meters.
“A lot of people who suffer from chronic facial pain, including temporo-mandibular joints disorders (T.M.D.), are likely to suffer of depression too.” – American Academy of General Dentistry
Pin-pointing the Pain!
The knowledge and understanding of pain is complicated mostly by the fact that the same painful stimulus may be perceived differently by different people, and differently by the same people at different times. A person’s reaction to the circumstances surrounding the pain experience and the interpretation of the pain meaning may also be different, since every instance and occurrence of pain is unique.
Although a large majority of people suffer from the diseases of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (T.M.J.), most do not associate their pain and/or symptoms to a “malocclusion” and prefer to blame the stress, the children at home or their work environment. This only leads to further deterioration in the source of the pain, and the symptoms become more acute.
The jaw joint is the only articulation in the human body that ends its movement on hard tissue (the teeth) and when the jaw is misaligned, both the hard and the soft tissues are affected and many physiological problems can result, such as:
1.Headaches and Migraines
One of the most common symptoms of Temporo-Mandibular Disorder (T.M.D.) is the tension headache. Many people who suffer from this type of headache describe it as a ring of pain around the head or like wearing a hat two sizes too small. Others will refer to it as a migraine headache.
T.M.J. related headaches are caused by a complex mechanism; essentially, there is a constant contraction of the muscles in the jaw which creates a tension or pressure in the face, head and neck. The constant tension in the muscles reduces the amount of blood that is able to reach the area. The body responds by sending more blood to the area, which results in an increase in blood pressure to the muscles of the head, thus a headache.
When someone is clenching and /or grinding their teeth, which are T.M.D. symptoms, they are also creating a constant contraction of the muscles, which results in pain.
In addition to medications, the pain from muscle headaches can be temporarily reduced by cutting nerves with brain surgery or using psychological therapy.
The problem with all these options is that they are addressing the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the symptoms and the damages of a malocclusion will persist.
By using neuromuscular dentistry techniques, we are able to rebuild the bite into a relaxed, comfortable position and decrease the muscular tension to an optimal level and most of the times the headaches or the migraines disappear.
2.Depression and Nervousness
3.Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ears
4.Limited Mouth Opening
5.Vertigo or Dizziness
6.Facial Pain, Neck and Shoulders Aches
7.Unexplained Wear and Teeth Mobility
8.Difficulty in chewing and swallowing
9.Clicking and Popping of the Jaw
As we get older, most people assume that the teeth will get loose and wear down as part of the aging process, but in reality the only time that we would see severe wear on teeth is due to a malocclusion or a parafunctional habit.
In a normal, relaxed state, the jaw is placed in a position where the teeth are not touching. The only time our upper teeth are actually supposed to touch the lower teeth is when we swallow; this occurs 2000-3000 times each day. Even when we are eating, our teeth don’t come together because we have food between them.
A parafunctional habit is when teeth come together in a grinding or clenching motion. Usually, grinding or clenching of the teeth occurs at a time when we are unaware of it, such as when we are asleep.
Many people will wake up in the morning with a variety of symptoms as a result of teeth grinding or clenching. The grinding and clenching of the teeth is a direct result of the muscles of the jaw and neck trying to place the jaw into a relaxed position. The shape or the alignment of teeth get in the way of this position, thus we develop the parafunctional habit.
Often times the worn or broken teeth will be restored with crowns or onlays. Restoring the teeth in the same deficient occlusal position will result in these restorations eventually failing also. Sometimes, the gums and bone will recede as a result of the parafunctional habit, and teeth will be lost.
Using neuromuscular dentistry we will get the muscles comfortable before attempting to restore the teeth. Once the relaxed position of the muscles is found, the teeth can be restored to keep the jaw in this position. This creates a harmonious balance between the muscles, the teeth and the temporomandibular joints.
Difficulty Chewing and Swallowing.
Why always me????
After drug therapy has failed or after their primary care physician has ‘‘given up’’ on them, patients search for a pain clinic often convinced that physicians see their problem as unreal, exaggerated, or ‘‘all in my head’’.
If you are suffering from T.M.D. symptoms, know that you are not alone! Unfortunately the vast majority of people with Temporo-Mandibular Diseases are not diagnosed as having T.M.D. and are not treated correctly as a result.
All of T.M.D. symptoms can range in severity from mild to devastating. The craniofacial region is not only one of the most densely innervated areas of the body but also the focus of some of the most common pains (e.g. toothache, headache) and some of the most bizarre and puzzling pains (e.g. trigeminal neuralgia, Temporo-mandibular Disorders – T.M.D.) that afflict people.
How Much Would It Be Worth To You To Be Free of Pain?
Think back and remember, if you can:
- How much money did you spend in the last five years on pain killers related to your symptoms?
- How much time or money did you spend on doctor visits to your general practitioner or specialists?
- How much time did you spend on emergency room visits?
- How much did you spend on diagnostic testing (CAT scans, MRI, Blood Work, etc.)?
- How many days did you lose from work last year alone?
- How many days have you missed in the last five years?
- How many days did you go to work anyway but you just couldn’t function to your full potential?
How many times you didn’t enjoy or even missed important events in your life with your loved ones?
The Solution: Advanced Dentistry, Neuromuscular Occlusion!
Having a bad bite or a malocclusion means that your upper and lower teeth do not close together in the correct way; this includes overbites and underbites. When the teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide the support which the muscles in the neck and face need for chewing and swallowing. These muscles are then forced into a strained position, resulting in an unbalanced jaw which can induce or maintain a pathologic condition.
Although a person may have beautiful teeth or had orthodontics to line the teeth up for aesthetic reasons, the muscles and the temporo- mandibular joints may not be comfortable.
Neuromuscular Dentistry places the occlusion where the muscles that control the jaw position are at their best for optimal function and comfort of the entire masticator system. Although we do not claim to treat head, ear, neck or shoulder pain, patients are pleased to find relief from pain caused by T.M.J. dysfunctions