How often do you get a headache or migraine? Once or twice a month? Every week? Every day? Living with constant pain is not ideal for anyone, which is why you have probably already been to the doctor. We just wonder if they were able to find the source of your problem. In most cases, doctors don’t want to put you through loads of tests and trials, so they write a prescription for the pain and wait to see what happens.
This approach works for some, but most people need to find the cause of their headaches. We see patients suffering from headaches in Longmeadow, MA almost every day. There are often cases that we cannot help, but more often than not, we have the solution to headaches through our treatment of the TMJ.
The TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint, which is the part that keeps your lower jaw in place! This very small joint on either side of your jaw can lead to an excruciating amount of pain that shows up as all sorts of issues from headaches to sinus problems to pain in your neck and shoulders! Let’s take a look at what’s going on and what we can do to ease the pain without drugs!
Headaches Affect Your Entire Life
The most heartbreaking thing about constant headaches is that they permeate all areas of life! From your job to your relationship with your spouse to the way you treat your children, headaches play an often negative role. It’s difficult to feel like functioning when you are in nearly constant pain with no end in sight.
If you are living this way, please don’t hesitate to seek help at Dores Dental. We have solutions that can help you! We work from the root of the problem to make sure you never have to live like this again.
The Root of the Problem
Isn’t it crazy to think that your headaches and migraines could be caused by your teeth? Yet that is the case in many situations. There are a few ways that it can happen, so read below to get a better idea of what might be causing your pain.
Bruxism – Bruxism is another word for clenching and grinding your teeth during the day or during the night while you sleep. It is often related to tension from stress.
Misalignment – It your teeth are misaligned (or you have a tooth missing), you are more likely to have bruxism because you teeth are trying to find that natural resting place where the arches fit together. When they don’t fit, you have a misalignment, which can cause bruxism or stress on the TMJ.
TMJ Dysfunction – TMJ dysfunction means that your TMJ is in distress. It has come out of socket, or there is a torn ligament or sprain of your joint. This dysfunction leads to a lot of pain that often shows up as headaches or migraines.
Now that you have a better understanding of what is happening inside of your mouth, let’s talk about things we can do to end your headaches without asking you to pop pills for the rest of your life! We believe in started at the ground level and working up to the solution you will need.
Relaxation – Often the solution is simply a matter of relaxing your jaw. We will teach you exercises to do while you’re at the office (like putting your tongue between your teeth) and before you go to bed (warm cloth on your jaw) that will help your jaw muscles relax. This will hopefully limit the bruxism and strain on your TMJ.
Night Guards – If your pain is being caused by bruxism while you sleep, we might recommend that you sleep with a night guard. This is a plastic mouthguard that you wear while you sleep. You will still clench and grind your teeth, but the soft guard will prevent damage to your teeth and will lessen the strain on your TMJ.
Alignment Corrections – In some cases, we need to address an alignment issue that is causing the bruxism or TMJ dysfunction. A round of Invisalign for misalignment, a crown for a broken tooth, or an implant for a missing tooth is sometimes all it takes to end your headaches for good! Once your teeth are back where they should be, they can rest easily together once again.
Make Your Appointment Today
Are you ready to end your headaches once and for all? Get real solutions for migraines that don’t involve popping more pain killers! Contact our office today to set up your consultation or appointment. It won’t take long to determine if your TMJ is in need of help. Call today so that we can end your pain as soon as possible!