About 40 percent of American adults have persistent headaches, but many have yet to find any relief. Surprisingly, your headaches could be related to your teeth. While some dentists treat certain causes of chronic headaches, they don’t have the training or expertise to provide proper diagnoses. Dr. Rick Barfield works closely with skilled specialists to offer migraine and headache solutions in Plano.
Our treatment will:
- Pinpoint the cause of your headaches
- Be coordinated with a specialist, if necessary
- Stop you from grinding your teeth, a common cause of headaches
- Correct bite issues that may be related to your headache pain
There’s no reason to suffer anymore with headaches! Call 1st In Smiles at 972-905-9266.
TMJ Treatment May Offer Headache Relief
If you often wake up with a migraine or headache, especially if they’re accompanied by jaw pain and/or muscle pain in your neck, shoulders, and back, you may have a TMJ disorder (TMD). This condition occurs when your jaw joint doesn’t function properly because of a jaw injury, stress that makes you clench or grind your teeth, or other factors. We work with a TMJ specialist, who comes in and examines you for signs of TMD, which can be hard to diagnose. If he determines you have TMJ disorder, we can move forward with a TMJ treatment that’s appropriate for you.
Kick Your Teeth Grinding Habit
Bruxism is grinding of your teeth. It is a symptom of TMJ disorder, but it can also exist if you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, or psychological stress or anxiety. Bruxism puts pressure on your jaw and may contribute to your headaches. Not only can grinding cause headaches, but it can also damage your teeth. We use advanced dental technology like intraoral cameras to provide an accurate diagnosis for bruxism.
We can treat bruxism with therapy that helps you control some of the stress causing you to grind your teeth. We can also fit you with a custom mouthguard that prevents your teeth from touching and helps keep your jaw relaxed.
Correct Your Bite to Relieve Jaw Strain
A bad bite can strain your jaw muscles because your jaws must work harder to align your teeth for swallowing, talking, and eating. This constant straining can lead to headaches and migraines. If Dr. Barfield determines a bad bite is to blame, he will work with you on creating a headache treatment plan that may involve procedures to correct your bite. He may refer you to a physical therapist or orthodontist if needed.
For migraine and headache solutions in Plano, call 972-905-9266.