An improper bite or jaw misalignment can play a pivotal role in certain types of headaches, as well as other head and neck pain. Dr. Koch will be able to determine if dental issues are to blame for your headaches, migraines or neck pain.
If you are one of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, and you have found no relief from your physician, you just might want to mention your headaches or migraines to your dentist. Really? My dentist? Yes, your dentist.
Your headaches and migraines can stem from numerous medical reasons, and depending upon what type of headache you experience, how frequently you have them, and how severe your pain is, odd as it is, your dentist just might be able to offer methods of relief.
Medical practitioners usually classify headaches into four categories: sinus, cluster, tension, and migraine. Symptoms discussed with your medical doctor or dentist will determine the type you have and the required treatment. Normally, your physician will treat you; however, sometimes, if you have an improper occlusion (bite), you may want to discuss treatment with your dentist. An improper bite can play a role in certain types of headaches, as well as other head and neck pain.
Tension headaches are the most reported type of headache accounting for an estimated 90 percent of all headaches. The pain associated with tension headaches usually begins in the muscles of your forehead. If this is the extent of your headache pain, you can normally seek relief with over-the-counter pain medication; however, if your tension headaches occur with some regularity or have persisted for a while, it is wise to discuss them with your dentist.
With a dental examination, Dr. Koch of Advanced Dental Care, in Jasper, Texas, will be able to determine if dental issues are to blame for your headaches or migraines. It may be as easy as taking an x-ray to determine that your headaches are caused by an abnormal bite, and if so, Dr. Koch can easily make an adjustment or create a dental device to rectify your bite.
Headaches and migraines are just two symptoms that may be attributable to poor occlusion (or bad bite alignment). Other symptoms such TMJ pain, facial pain, sensitive teeth, difficulty chewing, and neck pain may also stem from your occlusion and should be discussed with Dr. Koch.
Your temple and forehead muscles are important to the posturing and closing of your jaw. When your bite does not align correctly, it creates tensions in these muscles, which in turn, can be a possible cause of your tension-type headaches.
If left untreated, your bite will cause the muscles to remain tense with no relief; therefore, the tightened muscles do not get a chance to rest and soon are victim to poor circulation. At this point, your muscles suffer from a lack of needed oxygen and accumulate the waste products of your metabolism, resulting in pain – resulting in headaches or migraines.
By using breakthroughs in dental technology, Dr. Koch can collect information and evaluate the state of your temple and forehead muscles and various other factors that maybe affecting your bite. Once Dr. Koch has sufficient information, he can confidently determine if your bite is or is not the possible cause of your headaches or migraines.
If Dr. Koch determines that your bite is a major contributor to your headaches or migraines, he may recommend provisional or interim treatment. This involves fabrication of a custom-made dental orthotic. A dental orthotic is a plastic appliance worn over or fixed onto your teeth to adjust your bite to a correct alignment. Dr. Koch has done nothing permanent to change your teeth or your bite. You would wear the dental orthotic for a while to ensure the new bite position is correct before Dr. Koch would consider permanently altering your bite.
After you have worn the provisional appliance for some time, both you and Dr. Koch can evaluate whether the new bite position has resolved either your headache or migraine problems. If so, you will have several options available to you for long-term treatment and success. Among those Dr. Koch may recommend are a dental treatment to permanently alter your bite to the new position, the fabrication of a more permanent type of orthotic, or the use a TENS device to relax the muscles at times when your headaches or migraines are most painful.
At Advanced Dental Care, we pride ourselves in providing varied dental services for our patients. Did you ever think that we could help you with your headaches or migraines? We can!