TMJ/Joint Pain, Ear Pain, Headaches, Snoring, Dentistry Bergen County NJ
Dr. John Sousa has the highest level of accreditation and expertise in treating difficult craniofacial pain patients. He has been an active member of the prestigious American Academy of Craniofacial Pain for over 15 years. His knowledge and expertise in combining cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic procedures with the treatment of headaches/migraines, are a free consultation away. Dr. Sousa and his dedicated "Art of the Smile" Team want to welcome you to a truly comprehensive Craniofacial Pain practice. Come ask us what we can do for you!
An estimated 80% of all headaches occur from muscle tension. Many tension headaches are related to your bite. Approximately 40% of all “healthy” people suffer from chronic headaches. Today, there is a growing realization that a common cause of tension headaches is the mal-alignment of the jaw to the skull, a craniomandibular dysfunction.
Tension headaches result from muscle stress or strain. Specific signs which indicate your headache may have a dental origin include: pain behind the eyes, sore or tired jaw muscles upon awakening, grinding teeth, clicking/popping jaw joints or scalp painful to the touch. The muscles that control your jaw and hold your head upright are very complex. If your jaw is unstable (unbalanced), the muscles must work harder to bring your teeth together, the resulting stress causes a tension headache.
When muscles are tense they shorten. When even a single jaw, neck or shoulder muscle becomes shortened, all of the other muscles are forced to overwork to keep the head balanced on top of the spinal column. We understand then that dental tension headache pain originates from an unstable bite that causes stress in the muscles of the jaw, head and neck. The pain makes you feel tense and uptight. This worsens the muscle spasm, which in turn increases the pain.
Chronic head and neck pain patients do not always respond to physical therapy or medical treatment as well as expected. Patients, who have unresolved headaches, neck and shoulder pain, earaches, or dizziness, may have an undiagnosed craniomandibular dysfunction. Because of the nature of the typical subjective symptoms associated with this disorder patients frequently seek treatment from physicians for their primary care. However, many patients never think to seek the special training of a qualified TMD/TMJ dentist to evaluate the craniomandibular system of bones, joints and muscles.
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