What is it?
Frequent or recurring headaches, suffered by many of us and often misadiagnosed by physicians, can be caused by an underlying dental problem. As headaches are a symptom of so many conditions, it can be challenging at times for dentists and physicians to make a correct diagnosis.
What causes it?
If the cause is dental, it is most commonly bruxism (also known as teeth-grinding) or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Our dentists have the training and experience to diagnose and treat patients who have headaches as a result of TMD. And if you are suffering from headaches caused by TMD, you will typically experience other symptoms such as:
- Jaw discomfort or locking jaw
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
- Difficulties in jaw motion or a poor range
- Popping noises from the jaw
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Earaches and/or uncomfortable pressure in the ear
What treatments are available?
At Beachside Dental, we use BOTOX® as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lock jaw. Although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.