The Dental Office that can End Your Headaches

Are you suffering from headaches or migraines? Chances are that you’ve tried just about every pain reliever at the drugstore, but you’re still not finding long term relief. You might be able to end the headache, but you don’t solve the problem!

Your doctor might be able to help, but many times patients find that their doctor can only prescribe more pain medication. You need to find a solution, and you need it fast because headaches and migraines affect all areas of your life!

Job Performance – It’s impossible to focus on work when you are suffering from a headache. Migraines keep you from being able to go to work, period. You need a way to feel better again!

Family Time – When was the last time you had to turn your child down because your head was pounding, and you didn’t feel like playing? Protect your family relationships!

Hobbies – Every person should be able to go out and do the things they love without worry about a headache or migraine popping up. Let us help you get back to the things you love!

Your doctor might not be able to find the cause of your headaches without poking and prying all over your body, but we have the solution for many right here at the dental office! TMJ dysfunction is a common problem that can be solved easily. Let’s see if it could be the problem behind your pain!

Know Your TMJ

You might be surprised to find out that a dentist can help with your headaches and migraines. The secret is in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Think about the number of times you open and close your mouth each day. The number would be in the thousands, right? The TMJ is the joint that makes this function possible. It is the joint that holds your lower jaw onto your skull.

Your TMJ is located just in front of your ears, and when it is damaged or worn, you will feel the discomfort! You might have recurring headaches or migraines like we have discussed, but you might also hear popping or clicking when you chew. You might have an earache or feel pain shooting down your neck and into your should. These are all signs that the little joint in front of your ear is in need of care.

The TMJ dysfunction is most often a result of grinding your teeth, but it can also result from injury. A blow to the jaw or chewing on the end of your pen can both lead to the same result: TMJ pain. TMJ pain can also be a result of arthritis or damaged teeth. No matter what caused the pain to begin, we can help you find a solution.

A Dental Appointment Can Help

The first step to relief is scheduling a dental appointment with us right here in Fredericksburg, VA! Our caring staff will help you feel right at home. Our goal is to make sure you leave our office with the solution you need to live a better, healthier life!

Getting a Diagnosis

We’ll begin by getting a diagnosis for you. TMJ dysfunction is not difficult to diagnose. A quick X-ray and exam should give us the information we need to determine if TMJ dysfunction is the trouble behind your pain. Once we know for sure what is going on, we can move on to solutions that will get you back to your life!

Getting Help

Sometimes all your TMJ needs is a little bit of rest and relaxation to get back to normal, but when the problem is more serious than that, we recommend some of the following solutions.

Bite Guards – Often TMJ pain is a result of bruxism (grinding your teeth). In order to prevent this while you sleep, we recommend bite guards. This thick piece of soft plastic allows you to rest comfortably and protect your TMJ and teeth from harm!

Restorative Work – Broken or missing teeth can sometimes lead to teeth grinding. Simple restorative procedures (crowns, implants, bridges) can help your teeth fit together correctly and end the impulse to grind your teeth while you sleep.

Orthodontic Work – When your teeth are misaligned, it puts additional strain on your TMJ, which can lead to injury or pain. We might recommend Invisalign to help your teeth find their natural resting place, which will end your TMJ related headaches!

End Your Pain by Calling Today!

There’s no need to wait around any longer. You can stop buying pain relievers in bulk when you address the real problem for the pain: TMJ dysfunction. To learn more about your TMJ and how it might be related to your headaches and migraines, contact our office today. We would love to hear from you!