Headache Treatment Castle Rock, CO
Treatment for Tension Headaches and Migraines
Did you know that chronic headaches and migraines could actually be triggered by a dental issue? Fortunately, solutions are available.
An NTI appliance, a small splint worn between your front teeth while you sleep, treats jaw pain and also addresses headaches associated with TMJ pain (pain in the temporomandibular joints, where your lower jaw and upper jaw connect). The NTI appliance encourages relaxation of tense muscles and inflamed joints that trigger headaches, allowing your facial muscles, head, and neck to experience dramatic relief.
Tension headaches are common when the upper and lower jaw generate excessive force during sleep. We routinely see frequent headache sufferers have a significant reduction in their headaches by simply wearing a custom-made NTI oral appliance while they sleep. Patients no longer create tension with their jaw muscles during sleep, minimizing the muscle inflammation and pain that they wake up with. This means a better night's sleep and better, headache-free days.
What Causes Jaw Pain?
Jaw pain and headaches are often intimately related. At Oakwood Dental in Castle Rock, CO, we provide our patients with solutions that provide relief from TMJ dysfunction.
Jaw pain often develops from teeth clenching and grinding, a habit called bruxism. Bruxism occurs most often during sleep, but sometimes occurs during the day, especially during stressful situations.
Millions of Americans suffer from bruxism. Sometimes the cause of this painful condition cannot be identified, but certain lifestyle factors can make it worse:
- Certain medications
- Alcohol use
- Drug use
A misaligned bite, called malocclusion, can also contribute to a bruxism habit.
Research has also linked TMJ disorders with the female hormone, estrogen, though it affects both men and women.
Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction
When you come to our dental office for a jaw evaluation, our dentists will look for signs of a bruxism habit.
Signs of clenching and grinding include:
- Cracked or damaged teeth
- Bite marks inside your cheeks
- Premature wear and chipped teeth
- Bony growths, called tori, under your tongue
- Clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw joints
- Muscular and facial pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Headaches and migraines
- Shoulder or neck pain
Your symptoms may come and go or remain constant and they sometimes worsen with time.
Treating TMJ and Bruxism
Dr. Brandt Jones and Dr. Leah McQuigg can reduce or eliminate the symptoms associated with a clenching and grinding habit with a custom-made NTI. The purpose of NTI appliances is to allow your jaw muscles to relax by controlling the tension you create when you clench and grind your teeth.
When we treat the underlying cause of your jaw problems, we can reduce inflammation and help your jaw joints seek a comfortable position that promotes healthy joints. Without treating your underlying teeth grinding habit, we can only treat symptoms.
Other TMJ Treatments
In addition to the highly effective NTI device, we may recommend the following treatments to provide health and comfort to your jaw joints:
- Orthodontics (to properly align your teeth)
- Restorations (to rebuild your bite)
- Occlusal equilibration (slight adjustments to the surfaces of your teeth)
- BOTOX® (to reduce the power your jaw muscles can exert)
Often, a combination of treatments will give you the best results and allow you to sleep soundly and enjoy pain-free days.
Does Your Jaw Hurt?
Contact us right away. We can help. Constant pain can make day-to-day life exhausting, and headaches can interfere with your productivity. Our dentists have helped hundreds of patients gain relief through custom oral appliance therapy.