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Quality TMJ Dentist Serving Bentleigh East & Melbourne

Persistent Headaches, Neck Pain or Trouble Sleeping?

Did you know that this could be related to your teeth and the alignment of your bite. Neuromuscular dentistry, which relates to malocclusion (crooked teeth or bad bites), facial pain, headaches and airway blockages while sleeping, is a breakthrough dental treatment.

At DesignDentistry, we can diagnose and treat you, and virtually eliminate all of the symptoms which seriously impact your quality of life. Some people unwillingly live with facial pain and headaches, to the detriment of their ability to carry out their daily activities. New research has shown that this pain can be relieved by bite correction. It is a simple treatment that can be life-changing for some people. Dr Ian Maratos takes a special interest in how this treatment can help the lives of many sufferers and has post-graduate education from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies in this field. He is committed to exploring the interrelationships between dental ‘bite’ and the musculoskeletal system and is interested in the potential to advance overall health, with expert dental assessment and management. We work with a talented team of mainstream and alternative practitioners, to enhance the results of this dentistry approach. Orthotic therapy can relieve many symptoms of head and neck pain as many of our patients can testify.

Treating Headaches

Headaches Caused By Your Bite

If you suffer from persistent headaches, that don’t go away with medication, you may have a more significant problem. A possible diagnosis to unabated headaches and facial tension can be TMJ Disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder). full-divider

TMJ Disorder and Headaches

TMJ Disorder can be the primary cause of a wide range of issues including neck pain, jaw clicking and popping and sleep apnoea. When your bite is misaligned, it places stress on the muscles of your jaw, and essentially causes a knock-on effect, as different parts of the body compensate for the problem. Once a bite is corrected, the knock-on effects are lessened and symptoms begin to disappear. full-divider

Diagnosis of TMJ Disorder

The field of dentistry covering TMJ Disorder is known as Neuromuscular Dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is a breakthrough in scientific treatment, which can correct ongoing issues including headaches. When conducting your consultation at DesignDentistry, we will carry out a simple, non-invasive, test to your bite, to establish whether it is an issue. From there we can then provide a course of action to resolve your headache experiences for good. full-divider

Is TMD Permanent?

TMD can be described as cyclical which means it may recur during times of severe anxiety or excitement. As a patient, it’s important to be aware of what causes your jaw stress and avoid these. You should also see your neuromuscular dentist for a regular routine appointment. With regular comprehensive examinations we can keep track of the health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints to ensure they are healthy. By looking at all aspects of your oral health Dr Maratos and the team at DesignDentistry are able to provide you with high quality dental care.

TMJ Disorder

Have you heard of TMJ Disorder?

Many people haven’t, although it is quite common. Worse still, it is often present in individuals who have little or no understanding of its impact on their lives. Here are some of the symptoms experienced in sufferers of TMJ Disorder:

  • Headache, jaw, ear, or facial pain
  • Being unable to open the mouth comfortably
  • Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint
  • Locking of the jaw when attempting to open the mouth
  • Headaches
  • A bite that feels uncomfortable or “off”
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear pain
  • Decreased hearing
  • Dizziness and vision problems or other similar problems

If you answered “YES” to any of these symptoms, you may have TMJ Disorder. Fortunately, after diagnosis at one of our consultations, we can help you alleviate your pain. Bear in mind that occasional discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing muscles is common, and is not always a cause for concern. Many people with TMJ Disorder get better without treatment. Often the problem goes away on its own in several weeks to months. However, if the pain is severe and lasts more than a few weeks, we can effectively help you through a simple evaluation. To find out more about TMJ Disorder and neuromuscular dentistry, contact us on (03) 9570 3128.