Gladstone, MO -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/13/2014 -- About 60 million people in this country alone suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS). If an individual has headaches and/or migraine headaches, clicking in the jaw, neck pain or if the jaw locks when widely yawning, TMJ Syndrome is probably the cause for it. Dr. Platt and Dr. Dale of Gladstone Family Dental Group have studied this syndrome and have come up with some helpful therapies.
The temporomandibular joint acts as the hinge between the jawbone and the skull. “TMJS is the misery that results when the muscle tissues, the jaw and the temporomandibular joint are out of alignment or misaligned (bad bite), making for complications when chewing,” states Dr. Gregory Dale.
For years, the notion that chronic headaches and migraines were linked to the jaw joint was never given serious attention. But, today the dental and medical communities are coming together in an assault on Temporomandibular Joint (Syndrome). As scientific opinion advances forward in regard to the connection involving headaches and TMJD, individuals who think they have this problem should make an appointment with Dr. Dale or Dr. Platt, who, along with their team, have taken advanced training for treatment of TMJD.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ are headaches and/or migraines earaches and pain in jaw muscles. There isn’t a definitive test for TMJ disorder, but through extensive diagnostic testing, Dr. David Platt and Dr. Dale are able to carefully analyze TMJ symptoms to determine the cause or causes, and then develop appropriate treatment plans. The possible causes of TMJ disorder include a misaligned bite, clenching and grinding teeth or dislocation of the joint itself.
“Our treatment methods include no pills or shots, zero surgical procedures, and no side effects,” remarks Dr. Platt. He and Dr. Dale both concur, “We can take care of these problems as they’re most likely a result of clenching your teeth while you are sleeping.”
Almost all therapies to treat malocclusion require the use of a splint, a dental appliance which adjusts the bite. Another recommendation for treatment by Dr. Platt and Dr. Dale is a permanent change in the bite using tooth replacement, moving teeth via orthodontic therapy, or perhaps adding crowns or veneers
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In agreement, Dr. Dale and Dr. Platt conclude, “Our first priority is always to ensure that each patient is in the best oral health possible with a secure bite. Beyond that, we also provide the services our patients desire for a great smile.” To make an appointment, call 816-452-3420.