Tired of Constant Headaches, Neck Pains?
Most people don’t think about the dentist relieving their neck pains and headaches, but that’s exactly what our Miami dental office specializes in. Annoying headaches and neck pain can severely lower your quality of life or seriously affect your personal and professional life.
About 10 million Americans suffer from problems caused by their temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and most of those people have no idea a dentist can solve their problems. Or worse, they ignore the issue altogether and put themselves at a higher risk for severe dental issues down the road.
At Greenstein Dental, we use state-of-the-art technology, orthotic therapy, and orthodontics as TMJ Treatment to solve your headaches and neck pains. Dr. Greenstein uses gneuromuscular dentistry – a holistic process by which dentists align your jaw, muscles, and nerves to correct TMJ problems.
Resolving Your Headaches Problems
I have a patient that comes in frequently and the last time he came in to see me he said “my lower right tooth is bugging me and I think I need a root canal”. I said “well it might be but honestly I don’t see anything on film or in the mouth that would warrant that” but as I asked questions, I came to discover that it is quite common to have pain here when you’ve got some neck and shoulder problems going on. Being able to make some connections with what’s happening with the whole body and not just right up here where the teeth are, I was able to help relieve his pain with orthotic therapy, still no root canal and nobody wants one. Forget just this joint, with 28 teeth in the mouth on the top and bottom, every time they touch that is another little joint. How challenging must that be to make sure they are all hitting evenly. That’s my challenge but if we can do those things so that you can touch all your teeth just fine when you close and you can move your jaw anywhere you feel like it and have it function properly. Then you can eliminate the torques and the tips and the strains that go on in the joints, in these muscles. If your muscles are relaxed you can move around so much better. Everybody knows, you finish working out at the gym, how do those muscles feel? The next day or two they are pretty taut. Imagine these guys, they are much littler than quadriceps and hamstrings and tricep muscles and you are using them all the time to speak, to swallow, to eat. Those little muscles, sometimes they just can’t take it and in those situations, this type of therapy, this technology today is able to assist patients to get them relaxed and functioning properly.
The temporomandibular joint attaches to your lower jawbone. We use this joint hundreds of times a day for chewing, speaking, yawning, etc. When that joint is not properly synchronized with the muscles and nerves in your jaw, patients often experience severe headaches or grind and clench their teeth.
In addition to soreness, patients often experience clicking or popping in their jaw, ringing in their ears, sinus pain, dizzy spells, pain around the eyes, or even tingling in their fingertips.
There are often multiple signs in your mouth indicating the need for a gneuromuscular approach to improving the health and longevity of your teeth and supporting structures. Worn or chipped teeth, narrow upper or lower jaws, and receding gums or notches in the teeth close to the gumline are just a few of the common features indicating muscles and joints are not functioning together properly.
Patients will describe to me in our consult room, you know I’ve had these neck pains, shoulder aches and I even have some tingling in my finger tips or they will tell me that they have ringing in their ears and they have sought the help of a very qualified ear, nose and throat specialist who tells them their hearing is just fine. These things and more are related to a jaw position and to how your teeth touch whenever you swallow and your teeth touch for just a moment to engage the swallow and you do that a couple thousand times a day, when you are chewing your food and the size of the food gets smaller and smaller in your mouth; your teeth grind and hit each other somewhere. It’s not just about grinding at night. It’s not just about clinching during the day. There are so many movements that this jaw can go through and if it’s not functioning where it wants to be, there are things other than teeth that are affected, there are things other than TMJ that are affected and patients haven’t yet made that connection fully but I’m here to tell you, if you have some ringing in your ears, if you have pain behind the eyes unrelated to vision issues, if you have neck or shoulder soreness, there is quite a bit that a dentist who is trained and understands these things can assist you with to alleviate those problems and get back to a normal way of functioning. So I am extraordinarily passionate about it. I think it is the wave of where dentistry should be going. Probably just a question of time, but in the meantime, that is the direction that I have been moving in because I see such tremendous effects for everybody that comes in and goes through that.
Through the use of the J5 Myomonitor TENS unit and K7 instrumentation, we can find an appropriate bite scheme and diagnose your TMJ pain. The K7 technology assesses your TMJ issues using electromyography and sonography, while the TENS unit allows Dr. Greenstein to relax the muscles in the face and neck in order to find the appropriate placement for your jaw joints, muscles, and teeth.
Once we scan your jaw and and assess your bite, Dr. Greenstein will craft an orthotic device that sits on your lower jaw. The device moves your jaw into a natural resting position and helps synchronize your jaw, muscles, and nerves to relieve your pain.
While the orthotic does retrain your muscle and joints – and can provide relief almost instantly – it does not correct your bite. Often times, Dr. Greenstein will recommend orthodontic or restorative treatment for more long-term success.
TMJ-related pains like blinding migraines or jaw soreness are truly debilitating and cause tremendous emotional unrest. By using applied gneuromuscular techniques, we can find a proper bite and comfortable joint and muscle location that will stop your headaches in their tracks.