Do you have migraines or persistent headaches? If so, this could cause major issues for your overall quality of life. But did you know the causes of your head pain could be linked to your smile? In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will look at the factors behind orofacial pain, and how we offer relief with a custom-made, custom-fitted, and comfortable oral appliance.
The Causes of Orofacial Pain and Migraines
TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, develops when the jaw joints are put under immense strain and pressure. One major symptom is headaches and migraines, as well as a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, or jaw and facial pain. Likewise, bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, could develop due to strained jaw joints and bite imbalance, and again lead to headaches, as well as damaged teeth and increased risks of tooth decay and infection. Both disorders could be caused by tooth loss, misalignment, damaged teeth, bite imbalance, stress, or injury to the face or jaw.
Examining Your Smile
To determine what is causing your headaches, we will need to carefully examine your smile. To begin, our team will use digital scanning technology to take a close look at your teeth, roots, oral structures, and more. These detailed images ensure a precise and accurate diagnosis, and enable us to choose the best path forward to correct your imbalance and prevent further migraines or headaches related to jaw joint strain.
Treatment with an Oral Splint
Often, we treat both disorders with an oral appliance. We create and custom-fitted device based on detailed impressions and images we gather of your smile. Next, we use these images in a dental lab to begin creating and fitting your custom appliance, which will look and fit much like a mouthguard. When worn at night, the device will help reposition the jaw to ease strain and provide relief from TMD-related symptoms. If you grind your teeth, then the device will also prevent further damage by placing a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preserving your smile as you undergo treatment and begin fighting symptoms like migraines. If you have any questions about how we approach treating orofacial pain with a custom-made oral appliance, then contact our team today. We can see if our noninvasive and custom treatments will help restore the health and function of your smile, so you can avoid painful symptoms.
Do You Have Chronic Headaches?
Our team understands the factors behind orofacial pain, and want to provide care with a customized approach that is also noninvasive. To learn how we offer relief for persistent head and jaw pain with our oral splints, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.