Although there can be many reasons for suffering with headaches, a bite disorder or dental problem can often be the cause of recurring headaches. In many cases patients may experience these headaches in the morning as a result of teeth grinding during sleep, a common sign and side effect of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
A Dawson trained dentist, Dr. Freano has focused his post graduate training on the diagnosis and treatment of complex dental health problems that are the result of a TMD, commonly called TMJ and offers TMJ therapy. Treating TMJ is the key to both restoring oral health and lasting dentistry.
TMJ and Headaches
Frequent headaches related to TMJ have several common symptoms:
- Pain in the temples or back of the head
- Morning headaches
- Radiating pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back
- Migraine headaches
Treatment for TMJ Headaches
Dr. Freano performs a comprehensive exam, evaluating the entire occlusal system to identify where there is an imbalance and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
- Mouth guard and splint therapy: Dr. Freano may recommend one of these removable appliances to reduce stress on the jaw joint and relieve headache symptoms in patients with a mild to moderate bite disorder. Patients can wear this custom made appliance during sleep and stressful situations where they are more likely to grind or clench their teeth.
- Bite correction: there are a variety of ways to realign and restore balance to the bite, including restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Bite correction also helps to avoid tooth loss that can be the result of damage caused by teeth grinding.