Headache & Migraine Awareness Month
June is Headache & Migraine Awareness Month. If you struggle with chronic headaches and are looking for the safest and most effective treatment option, Cincinnati neuromuscular dentist Dr. Tara Hardin may be able to help. Call us at 513-234-5531 to schedule a consultation and learn more.
Many headaches are actually the result of a common neuromuscular dental disorder called TMJ, also known as TMD. TMJ refers to any number of disorders that cause the jaw to misalign, resulting in painful symptoms such as chronic headaches. Similar to migraines in severity and duration, headaches related to TMJ are actually caused by pressure placed on the trigeminal nerve by muscles tensed by jaw misalignment. This nerve is responsible for nearly all sensation in the face and head, and may also produce symptoms such as nasal pressure and pain, pain behind the eyes, ear pain and ringing, and neck, shoulder and back pain.
To diagnose TMD, Dr. Hardin uses both hands-on evaluations and diagnostic tools designed to identify jaw misalignment. If TMJ is present, she can begin working on a customized treatment plan that will restore alignment and eliminate symptoms, including headaches, often for a lifetime.
Your Cincinnati TMJ Treatment will be tailored to meet your specific needs, but common options include:
- Restorative dentistry services to reposition the bite
- Invisalign® or orthodontics to realign the teeth
- A custom orthotic device to retrain jaw muscles
In some instances, over the counter medications for muscle relaxation or pain relief will be needed to assist with the beginning stages of treatment. Relaxation techniques and physical therapy may also be needed to fully relax the jaw muscles and restore proper alignment.
If you are living with chronic headaches in the Cincinnati area, you may be suffering needlessly. Please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry to schedule a TMD evaluation and learn if we can help you find lasting relief from your pain. Located in Mason, our neuromuscular dentist welcomes patients from Cincinnati and all surrounding areas of Ohio.