Though everybody gets a headache from time to time, recurring headaches might be a sign of a significant dental health issue. If you regularly suffer from severe headaches, our Mason family dentists can assess the overall condition of your mouth and jaw and recommend appropriate migraine treatments.
Headaches can originate from problems with the mouth. To begin exploring the migraine treatment that’s right for you, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry today at (513) 234-5531. Our dentists serve patients in or around Mason, Dayton, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
What Causes Migraines?
The chronic, debilitating headaches known as migraines can stem from a wide variety of sources, from stress to food sensitivities. Typically the patients who visit our Mason office are experiencing migraines due to dysfunction of the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw.
If the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) loses function due to injury, illness, or progressive strain, it can lead to a number of debilitating symptoms, including severe headache. Migraine symptoms can occur when misalignment of the TMJ throws the bite off balance and causes uneven pressure in portions of the face. Extra pressure on nerves in the face can lead to feelings of tension and pain.
How Our Dentists Treat Migraines
The field of dentistry dedicated to the treatment of TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and symptoms such as migraines is called neuromuscular dentistry. As the name implies, this concentration is concerned with the relationship between the brain and muscles by way of the mouth.
In order to determine whether or not TMJ disorder is causing your migraines, our dentists will perform a full exam. This might include tests like:
- Complete medical history
- Physical assessment of your jaw for tenderness, discomfort, limited motion, and popping or clicking sounds
After determining whether or not TMD is causing your headaches, Dr. Tara or Dr. Gary can recommend treatment options to help relieve your pain. Every treatment plan is customized to the needs of each patient. Depending on your needs, migraine or TMJ treatment might involve:
- Relieving tension in the jaw and within the face using a custom orthotic appliance, such as a special mouth guard
- Bringing the bite into proper alignment with orthodontics
- Physical therapy
Our dentists received training in the treatment of TMJ and its symptoms, including chronic headaches, from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or call (513) 234-5531 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary or Dr. Tara. We are pleased to provide migraine treatment to patients in or around Mason, Cincinnati, Dayton, and other Ohio communities, along with SE Indiana and Northern Kentucky.