Severe headaches or migraines? Time to make an appointment with a specialist.
When a headache strikes, you might attribute it to stress or a long day. But severe, recurring headaches and migraines are often signs of a more serious underlying cause. A leading cause of these types of headaches is TMD (temporomandibular disorder), which is also commonly called TMJ.
“The jaw muscles are among the most powerful muscles in the human body,” says Dr. Clive Boner of Palm Beach Dental Specialists. “Repeated clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth, especially done involuntarily while the patient is sleeping, can result in very powerful headaches or migraines.”
In these cases, a prosthodontist can help patients find the relief they need. A simple examination can quickly and easily determine if there is evidence of grinding. From there, the prosthodonist can formulate an effective treatment plan. This normally takes one of three forms:
- Night guards. A custom-fitted night guard that fits over the teeth can help reduce or eliminate clenching and grinding, and reduce the stress on muscles and joints that can result in headaches. Worn during sleep, an effective nightguard can reduce the frequency and severity of headaches.
- Realignment. Sometimes, grinding and clenching of the teeth is the result of the upper and lower teeth not fitting together properly. In these cases, a treatment plan can be put in place to help re-align the teeth and minimize grinding. This can consist of something as basic as the reshaping a single tooth, to a more involved realignment of several teeth.
- Muscle Relaxation. Over-the-counter or prescription medications may help ease some of your symptoms, but some patients don’t respond well to pain relievers. Using Botox injections to relax clenched muscles may help alleviate chronic migraine pain. Botox is also used to relieve problems such as repetitive neck spasms and eye twitching.
“Of course, not all headaches or migraines are caused by TMJ,” Dr. Boner explains. “But for patients whose conditions are caused by TMJ or nightly teeth grinding, the solution may be a lot closer than they think.”
Prosthodontic practices like Palm Beach Dental Solutions can determine if a patient suffers from TMJ or tooth grinding in one visit. Click below to meet the experts, and to schedule a free consultation today.Share