Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Do they occur most commonly in the morning after waking up?
Many patients fail to realize that chronic headaches could be an indication of an oral health concern. Crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and teeth grinding can all cause a condition known as TMJ. Inwood, WV dentist Dr. Kenneth Banks offers comprehensive treatment options for reducing the occurrence of headaches associated with TMJ.
TMJ & Chronic Headaches
TMJ is a condition that affects the health of the temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint. Crooked teeth, trauma, or constant teeth grinding or clenching are all common causes of TMJ. Crooked teeth or misaligned bites can cause tension in the jaw resulting in headaches and chronic facial, neck and jaw pain.
Headaches are also often associated with teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching, also known as bruxism. These habits generally occur while a patient is sleeping, making it difficult to diagnose. If you are experiencing frequent headaches after waking up, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Dr. Banks looks for the common signs of bruxism during routine dental care, which can include worn or cracked teeth and limited mobility in the jaw.
TMJ Treatment Options
There is no one size fits all diagnosis or treatment for TMJ- each patient has their own unique risk factors, dental concerns and symptoms. Dr. Banks offers personalized diagnosis and treatment plans that strive address the root of the problem to help alleviate the symptoms of the condition while providing a long term result. The goal of TMJ treatment is to alleviate pain, improve oral health and prevent future damage to the teeth and gums.
Invisalign: Patients with crooked teeth may experience jaw pain and headaches. Dr. Banks uses Invisalign to help patients discreetly straighten their teeth and realign their bite. Bite alignment plays an important role in relieving TMJ symptoms and can help reduce headaches.
Oral Sleep Appliance: Oral sleep appliances are much like mouthguards. A custom-designed oral appliance, OSA devices fit snugly in the mouth for a secure fit. OSAs are worn during sleep to reposition the jaw preventing teeth grinding. OSA devices also reduce further damage to the teeth and gums often associated with grinding such as wear, chips, and cracks in the teeth.
Schedule An Oral Health Exam
Dr. Banks and his dental care team can help you find relief with comprehensive treatment options for reducing the occurrence of headaches associated with TMJ. We proudly serve West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland with over 30 years of quality dental experience. We accept new patients from Shepherdstown, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Charles Town, WV, Winchester, VA, Leesburg, VA, Hagerstown, MD and Jefferson County areas. If you are looking to whiten, brighten, and rejuvenate your smile, contact our Inwood, WV dentist office or schedule a consultation online.