PRESCOTT HEADACHE TREATMENT
Prescott Dental Arts offers Sore Muscle and Headache Treatment for your family in Prescott, Arizona
It’s not unusual to experience a headache now and then; that’s normal. However, frequent or recurring headaches are not normal and suggest a problem that may be dental related. We have the training and experience to diagnose and treat patients who have headaches as a result of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Correctly Diagnosing TMJ Headaches
Headaches are frequently misdiagnosed and correctly making the connection between headaches and TMJ disorders can be overlooked by most physicians and dentists. A class of tension headache, TMJ headaches are typically caused by teeth clenching or teeth grinding and occur most frequently in people who are between the ages of 20 and 40.
Symptoms of TMD
TMJ headaches are typically accompanied by other symptoms which may include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Sore jaw or jaw pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Poor range of motion in the jaw joints and/or locking jaw
- Popping noise in the jaw joint
- Pressure in the ear or earaches
- TMJ Headache Treatment
Prescott Dental Arts offers a range of treatments for patients seeking a cure for TMJ headaches. The first step is to correctly identify the causative issues and treat them as conservatively as possible. Treatments may involve physical therapy, medications, splints and bite correction therapies. It is also very important to realize that TMJ problems can be progressive, so the sooner it is identified, the more conservative the solution may be.
Splints and Night Guards for TMJ Headaches–Dental splints and night guards may be a front line therapy and can be a very effective and conservative treatment for TMJ headaches. Prescott Dental Arts can customize an appliance that will bring the teeth and jaw joints into proper alignment, managing teeth grinding or clenching and alleviate muscle tension. A dental splint is typically worn at night, while some patients also benefit by wearing the device during the day.
Bite Correction Procedures–Some patients will benefit from bite correction procedures which bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment. We may use certain treatments that include bite adjustments (equilibration), orthodontics or even dental restorations (crowns or veneers).
A Permanent Solution to Frequent Headaches
Remember that when you take medications for headache symptoms, you are only masking the real problem and dealing with only the symptoms. To find a permanent solution to your recurring headaches, schedule a consultation with Prescott Dental Arts to determine if your headaches are linked to a dental problem.