General Dentistry, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, New York 12603

TMJ and headache therapy

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arrow_up Patient wearing a nightguard used to alleviate jaw stiffness and headaches caused by grinding the teeth

Patients sometimes complain of jaw stiffness or headaches upon awakening in the morning. These symptoms are just two of the signs of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction or MyofacialPain Dysfunction (MPD), where the lower jaw does not fit properly in the joints or the bite is unstable or the muscles are in spasm.

If you clench or grind your teeth together for a long time, you will commonly have pain and stiffness in the jaw. The discomfort is similar to having leg cramps at night or after doing strenuous physical exercise. You may also have difficulty opening your mouth or have headaches.

The challenge is to diagnose the problem correctly and then lessen the stress on your joints. We can customize a variety of appliances for you to wear to help treat this problem. Here are several examples:

  • Nightguard (NTI)—This plastic device fits on two front teeth. It works by preventing your back teeth from touching. The FDA has approved it for the treatment of migraine headaches.
  • Hard occlusal appliance—Proper adjustment of this device allows equal contacts of all teeth to help take pressure off the temporomandibular joints.
  • Anterior bite plane—Like the NTI, this appliance prevents the back teeth from touching.

Procedure videos

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Did you know?

Dr. Maron can make a simple appliance to decrease nighttime grinding of the teeth and the headaches that result.

 
 
 
 
 

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