Headache, neck and back pain ...
Normally, the teeth only have about 30 minutes of direct contact with each other during a 24 hour day. The muscles have plenty of time to relax. If relaxation is limited by constant muscle tension, pain and discomfort may arise. Often, a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is responsible. This can be caused by malocclusions, incorrect posture or stress.
Common symptoms of a dysfunction are headaches, neck and back pain, ear pain, restricted movement in the cervical spine, dizziness and visual disturbances, tinnitus, fatigue or malaise. If you suffer from any of these symptoms and no organic cause can be found, you should have your TMJ examined. Special examination techniques such as muscle testing and computer-based TMJ examination help us to verify if the pain is caused by the masticatory system.
When the diagnosis discovers which factors cause the dysfunction, and with what severity, an individual treatment plan is prepared. The objective of treatment is to achieve sustained removal of the symptoms.
In order to positively influence the body and bite-static, a therapy with splints might be necessary. The transparent splints can be thought of as "contact lenses" or "glasses for the teeth." Their purpose is to influence the position of the TMJ positively and lead to a reduction of forces on the masticatory system. It is mainly worn at night. Usually an improvement in the symptoms occurs very quickly. Physiotherapy and relaxation techniques can be applied as supplementary therapy modules. That depends on the type and severity of TMJ dysfunction.
Many patients with chronic pain have experienced an odyssey, from physician to physician for years, without ever being cured. Often the cause is a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. An appropriate diagnosis and treatment by a dentist can lead to a fast and permanent cure of such symptoms.
A word on costs
The individual diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder requires special experience and time, especially for patients who have already experienced a distressing ordeal and come to us with preliminary findings. We take the time to investigate your case, however it should be noted that public health insurance policies do not cover this stage of treatment. They only provide cover for a simple "dental splint" made of plastic once a year, in order to avoid the destruction of the tooth structure by grinding or clenching. A proposal for manual therapy treatment of TMJ may also be issued. Further investigations and measures must be discussed individually and have to be funded by the patient if no additional private insurance coverage exists.