Chicago dentist explains ways a dentist can help with headaches and migraines

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Chicago dentist explains 3 ways a dentist could help you with your headaches or migraines

Headaches and migraines, chicago dentistHeadaches and migraines are not always caused by a medical problem near the point of pain. Headache or migraine pain is often referred pain that is being triggered in a connected area of the body, and very often this pain can be confusing to the typical headache sufferer.

In many instances, the pain actually begins in the temporo-mandibular joint, or TMJ, located just below the ear. This is a very complex region of the body with multiple working components, and even minor problems can create major pains. Elimination of the headaches can require treatment from a TMJ dentistry specialist who can actually identify the cause.

Treating the TMJ with orthotics

An orthotic is a dental device that is built specifically for an individual who is experiencing TMJ problems due to a misaligned bite. Some individuals who suffer from TMJ migraines also have bouts with snoring at night, and many times the snoring and headaches can be related.

The orthotic helps to realign and relax the jaw as well as keeping the air passageways open at night to relieve snoring. Migraines sufferers can often feel a migraine before it actually manifests, and oxygen levels can be part of this sensitivity.

Full mouth reconstruction

Severe TMJ problems  can require a full mouth reconstruction if multiple complications are occurring. Worn or shifting decayed teeth can put pressure on the TMJ, causing minor issues that can create major pain.

Full mouth reconstruction involves evaluating each tooth as a potential ultimate cause of the migraine pain. Severe cases can result in the complete extraction of all teeth, which are then replaced with implants or a set of dentures. However, the true goal is to keep as many natural teeth as possible, while relieving pressure on the TMJ providing a migraine cure.


Many TMJ migraines and headaches are the result of a malocclusion of some type. Crooked teeth can create a bad bite, which in turn puts pressure on the jaw muscles and ligaments, causing TMJ issues such as headaches. Orthodontic braces can help to straighten otherwise healthy teeth to improve the bite alignment.

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TMJ migraines and headaches can be complex problems, but, with an accurate diagnosis, a physiologic dentist can help you find a cure. If you would like to learn more about headache relief and TMJ treatment, please schedule a consultation.

TMJ Headaches & Migraines

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Suffer From Frequent Headaches and Migraines?

tmj-headaches-migraines-chicagoWhen chronic headaches are a part of your life, they can truly be a torment. Nothing can be more agonizing than a migraine that has you down for the count for days. No matter what kind of headache it is, it makes life difficult when it keeps coming back. Severe headaches stop you in your tracks, put your life on hold, and keep you from doing what you love to do. If you have been struggling with serious headaches for years and cannot find any relief, it is time you started looking in a new direction for the source of your headache pain. If you suffer from migraine headaches, migraines with aura, sinus headaches, or frontal, temporal, or occipital headaches, you could be dealing with a problem that originates in your jaw joint.

Headaches and migraines can result from a jaw joint disorder

The jaw endures a great deal of strain on a daily basis. It consists of an intricate system of nerves, muscles, ligaments, and bone. When everything is in order, it will work seamlessly, moving easily without a hitch. However, when there are problems with the temporomandibular joint, the hinge that connects both portions of your jaw, it can wreak havoc on your body. When your bite is misaligned, due to stress, an injury, or an abnormality with your jaw itself, it can cause strain and inflammation. The jaw joint and powerful muscles surrounding it can be affected. This can then put pressure on the muscles and nerves that affect the head. In addition to dealing with a sore jaw, stiff neck, and sore shoulders, pain can radiate to your head on a regular basis, forcing you to suffer from bouts of serious pain. Fortunately, there are solutions to jaw joint disorders. A dental solution could be a step in the right direction.

Dental solutions for TMJ headaches and migraines?

TMJ-occlusionIf you have tried every other solution for your chronic headaches and migraines without success, turn to physiologic dentistry to seek help from a different direction. If a misaligned bite is the source of the problem, we can assist you with a range of alternatives. Physiologic dentistry takes a ‘whole body’ approach to treating TMJ problems, and involves realigning the bite in order to properly position the jaw and surrounding muscles, which can ultimately relieve symptoms you may be experiencing in various parts of your body. The remedy may be as simple as wearing a mouth guard at night or an orthotic, a type of mouth splint, to shift your bite into proper alignment. In the event that more intervention is involved, we may recommend full mouth construction, modifying the teeth to create a proper bite. This may be possible through the use of crowns, bonding, or veneers in order to create ideal surfaces for your teeth or to fill any gaps that are causing a misalignment in your bite. When your bite is finally in alignment, your jaw will work properly as well, avoiding the strain that leads to headaches.

Stop the pounding

It’s time to get rid of those headaches once and for all. Set up a consultation with us to discuss the connection between your chronic headaches and a potential TMJ disorder.We will be able to perform a physical evaluation, a bite analysis, and take advantage of the latest in medical imaging. Through close study, we can pinpoint the problem in your jaw. We can then work together to choose a plan of action to address the imbalance in your jaw joint, you will finally be able to say goodbye to your headaches.