April 6, 2017
Headaches can be debilitating. Waking up with one is even worse! It’s hard to enjoy life through the pain of a headache. If you suffer from headaches, you may have gone through many diagnostic tests and medications to diagnose the headaches and to get relief. What if the cause and treatment were much simpler?
Did you know that some headache pain can be treated by your dentist? It can! At Synergy Dental Center in Gillette, WY, we use TruDenta®, a system that combines equipment, technology, and therapeutic practices to diagnose and treat headaches and other TMJ-related issues. It’s a painless therapy that might be the one thing that gets rids of your headaches.
If you want to find out if Dr. David Porter can help you with your headache pain, give us a call at 307-622-1311 to set up an appointment.
What Causes A Dental Headache?
Most dental headaches are classified as “tension headaches.” They’re the result of muscular tension that builds up in the face and jaw. Sometimes this tension is due to a bad bite (also called a malocclusion).
The muscles in your jaw can tense up because of this and it results in pain in your head.
You could spend a lot of time trying to find out another medical reason for headaches when it could be something as fixable as a bad bite.
Another cause of a dental headache is TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMD is frequently caused by an injury to the jaw, like a sports trauma or whiplash. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is located just in front of your ears. They are the hinges you use when you chew or talk.
If you have a problem with your TMJ, it can result in a number of symptoms, including:
- Jaw pain
- Unevenly worn teeth
These problems can then be the cause of your headaches. Some symptoms you may be having with a TMD include a clicking jaw, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, sinus pressure or pain, stuffy ears, and eye pain.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also be the culprit behind a headache. You could be unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth during the day. If you often wake up with a headache, you might be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Mild bruxism might not need treatment.
In some people, though, it can be severe enough to lead to a jaw disorder, damaged teeth, and those headaches. Dr. Porter will look for signs of teeth-grinding, such as wear on your teeth when he examines you.
What is TruDenta Treatment?
TruDenta is designed to:
- Relieve headaches and migraines
- Help you avoid dependence on medication
- Get you results in a safe, effective way
Our examination will begin with some questions about your history with headaches and migraines. Then Dr. Porter will conduct some physical assessments, such as:
Bite Force Analysis – This digital scan is done so we can analyze what’s going on in your mouth. The scan creates a 3D digital model from which we can see what’s what could be causing the problem.
Range Of Motion Analysis – This exam measures any abnormal or restricted movement in your head and neck. This helps us narrow down the potential causes of your headache. It also helps us create the treatment plan.
Muscle Exam – This exam checks for knots and bands in your muscles that may be causing tension and pain.
Once we pinpoint the problem, we’ll create a treatment plan custom-made for you. This might include:
Ultrasound – We encourage circulation and help reduce pain using sounds waves.
Trigger Point Manipulation – We stimulate your muscles to relieve tension using physical therapy.
Microcurrent – This is a painless current that stimulates nerves, helps reduce muscle spasms, and improves range of motion.
Low-Level Laser – Using low-level lasers helps to decrease pain, promote healing, and improve your range of motion.
Make An Appointment
Are you looking for a solution to your headaches? The team at Synergy Dental Center will use the TruDenta technology to help you find the cause of your TMD-related pain. Then we can work to treat it.