How Headaches Relate To Dentistry
It is estimated that as many as one in 10 Americans are affected by chronic headaches, 80% of those being attributed to muscle tension. It may be a surprise to some to learn that many tension type headaches are the result of a TMJ disorder or occlusal disease.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Headaches
One of the more common symptoms that patients with TMJ disorder share are frequent headaches. These “TMJ headaches” often occur in the morning as a result of clenching and grinding during sleep.
Other signs that could indicate TMJ headaches are:
- Pain in the temporal region
- Neck pain
- Migraine, or migraine like headaches
- Frequent earaches without infection
TMJ Headache Therapy
If you suspect that your headaches are caused by TMJ, teeth grinding or other dental problem, the first step is an evaluation with the dentist. Dr. Caves will review your dental and medical history and examine the fit of your bite and alignment of the TMJ.
There are often several treatment options and Dr. Caves will design a treatment plan for your specific situation.
The first step in treating TMJ headaches is usually to stop teeth grinding during sleep. Dr. Caves can create a custom TMJ mouthguard to reduce or prevent teeth grinding / clenching and therefore reduce the occurrence of morning headaches.
Headaches often result from maligned occlusion, or an unbalanced bite. Dr.Caves can solve this issue through a series of adjustments, brining the teeth into proper alignment. This type of treatment may also include reshaping the teeth, orthodontics, and restorative dentistry (crowns, bridges or implants) depending on your condition.