How can you put an end to migraines when you’ve all the drugs and treatments your doctor has advised and nothing has worked? For some people, migraines are a result of dental problems such as teeth grinding or clenching. Migraines can be extremely painful and last for days. If you need help preventing migraine headaches, simply ask your Jane Clair Dental dentist if dental treatments can do the job.
Symptoms of Migraine Headaches
If you aren’t sure you’re having a migraine, pay attention to the symptoms you’re having. Migraines related to dental problems can present in several different ways.
- Recurring morning head pain
- Face pain
- Reduced range of motion in jaw
- Pain when chewing
- Jaw tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased sensitivity to light
How Your Dentist Can Help
In some cases, your dentist can help you prevent migraine headaches. If the headache is due to TMJ, your dentist can fit you for a nightguard, which will not only relieve the pain and discomfort associated with TMD, but can also prevent related headaches. Other times, getting needed dental work can relieve pressure on the teeth and soft and hard facial structures to help you avoid the strain that can cause migraines.
How Do I Know If My Dentist Can Help?
Dentists can help with certain types of migraine headaches, but in some cases you’ll need to see your primary care doctor. So, how do you know which one to make an appointment with? While it’s always your choice which doctor to see first, your dentist can help you rule out dental causes of migraine pain. In any case, your dentist can correctly diagnose the pain and offer treatments for it. In addition, the dentist can suggest you see your primary doctor if there doesn’t seem to be a dental source of the migraine.
What Is a Nightguard?
A nightguard is a removable dental appliance that you wear at night to keep your teeth and jaws in alignment. It also prevents you from grinding or clenching your teeth. Nightguards are custom-fitted by your dentist. He or she starts by examining your teeth to make a diagnosis of the pain. Then, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them off to the lab where your nightguard is made. After fitting you with the nightguard, the dentist checks your progress at routine appointments and makes adjustments as needed
If you have persistent head pain, call Jane Clair Dental and ask for an appointment for migraine pain prevention with your dentist. In some cases, your dentist can prevent the pain before it can happen again. With treatments like TMJ nightguards, your dentist can put an end to your migraine pain once and for all. Relief may be a phone call away!