Are Chronic Headaches Affecting the Quality of Your Life?
For many people, chronic headaches can have debilitating effects on their personal and professional lives. Lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days, these headaches can make it difficult and sometimes even impossible to carry out routine tasks. What many people fail to realize is that chronic tension headaches or migraines are commonly associated with oral health concerns such as an infected tooth, teeth grinding, or TMJ Disorder. Dr. Ghina Morad and our team can help pinpoint the source of your pain by looking at how your teeth, bite, and jaw muscles are interacting.
The Link Between Headaches and Oral Health
Referred pain from an infected tooth and teeth grinding can both lead to chronic headaches, which is why we begin with a thorough evaluation of your mouth. Tension headaches can cause severe pain in both the head and neck. Oftentimes, this pain feels like a band tightly wound around the head and is generally associated with stress and muscle tension in the face and jaw. Patients who suffer from chronic tension headaches may also be suffering from malocclusion, or a misaligned bite, that is causing a disturbance in the temporomandibular joint of the jaw.
Common Causes of Headaches and Migraines:
- Infected tooth
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Jaw muscle fatigue
- TMJ Disorder
Treatment Options Unique to Your Needs
Each patient suffering from chronic headaches that visits us is unique in the way they must be treated. For some, a simple occlusal guard worn at night can help lessen the severity of teeth grinding and clenching. For more severe cases, we may need to make minor adjustments to your bite in order to correct the source of your headaches. No matter your needs, we will provide a thorough evaluation of your mouth, bite, and jaw muscle functions to ensure your treatment is effective for you.
Passionate Care from a Trusted Dentist
Dr. Morad has a specific passion for helping patients suffering from tension headaches find relief through treating oral health issues. She has completed advanced certifications in occlusion analysis and adjustment to treat facial pain and tension headaches caused by teeth clenching and grinding. For more severe TMJ Disorder cases, she may recommend Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) therapy that uses data on bite force and jaw muscle activity to pinpoint problem areas and rebalance the teeth for harmonious, pain-free chewing.