When you have persistent headaches, this orofacial pain could be related to common disorders like TMJ disorder or even bruxism (teeth grinding). To avoid this discomfort, you need a solution that restores balance to your smile. To accomplish this, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist may suggest a custom-made oral appliance.
The Link Between Headaches and Oral Health
Often, headaches could be related to issues with jaw joint strain and bite imbalance. These issues could cause pain and stress throughout your facial structure, increasing the risk of not only headaches and migraines, but jaw pain and aches in the neck and shoulders. For example, TMJ disorder means the jaw joints connecting your jaw and skull have undergone excessive strain, and could impact how you open and close your mouth. Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, could also strain the jaw joints and lead to painful headaches, as well a damaged tooth. If you experience pain in your head, face, or jaw, we suggest letting us know right away!
Diagnosing Your Orofacial Pain
We start by taking a close look at your smile. With advanced digital imaging, we examine your jaw joints, teeth, roots, and oral structures or signs of wear, friction, and strain. The images enable us to make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision, so we can create a customized treatment plan and prevent worsening symptoms or complications.
Treatment with a Custom-Fitted Appliance
Treatment options could vary, depending on the causes and severity of your TMJ or bruxism-related issues. For some, we could suggest physical therapy or medication to manage the issue. For others, we may recommend oral appliance therapy. Basically, the digital images and measurements we take of your smile can be used to design and custom-fit an appliance that acts like a mouthguard. Worn as you sleep, the device repositions the joints to ease strain and imbalance, while also acting as a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage to the smile. This provides a noninvasive solution to serious oral health issues, and protects your smile from further damage, and limits orofacial pain too!
If you have any questions about how we approach treatment with an oral appliance, then please contact our team today. We wat to help you enjoy optimal oral health, and avoid issues that could potentially damage your smile and lead to discomfort.
Ready to Improve Your Oral Health?
Our team is ready to help you on you journey to better oral health with oral appliance therapy, combatting common issues like TMJ disorder and chronic teeth grinding. To learn more about finding the right solution for your chronic orofacial pain, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.