Every year, millions of Americans miss work, make countless visits to the doctor and overspend on pain relievers because of frequent headaches. What many people don’t realize is that some headaches, especially those that occur upon waking are caused by TMJ Dysfunctions. These types of headaches are often successfully treated and many times cured by a qualified dentist through simple dental procedures and splint therapy.
Virginia TMJ Dentist, Dr. John Cranham
Chesapeake, VA dentist Dr. John Cranham is the clinical director for The Dawson Academy where he teaches dentists from around the world the foundations for a healthy occlusion (bite) and TMJ. In our state-of-the-art dental facility, we utilize the latest technology and diagnostic equipment to precisely identify the source of the dysfunction and provide long lasting relief for frequent headaches.
What Our Patients Say:
“Before I met Dr. Cranham, I didn’t have anything to smile about, but now, since I’ve met Dr. Cranham, I have a beautiful smile and no more headaches when I get up in the morning. Thanks, Dr. Cranham.” -Millie, Virginia
What Causes Headaches?
Many common causes for headache include stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and neurological disorders. Malocclusion (unbalanced bite) and TMJ dysfunction (TMD) are headache symptoms that are often missed by physicians and dentists.
When the teeth do not make proper contact and the jaws are not in proper alignment, it creates stress and tension in the muscles and face, causing headaches to occur. Tension in the jaw and mouth throughout the day also contributes to chronic headaches and migraines.
Are Your Headaches Caused By TMJ Dysfunction?
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ dysfunction. The reason TMJ headaches often occur in the morning is because of teeth clenching and teeth grinding that occurs while you sleep. You might clench or grind your teeth and tightening your jaw muscles while you sleep and not even know it. That can place a lot of stress on your TM Joint causing you to wake with pain in your jaw and a headache.
TMJ Headache Symptoms
- Pain in the temples or back of the head
- Morning headaches
- Pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back
- Migraine headaches
- Teeth grinding, teeth clenching
TMJ Headache Therapy
Dr. Cranham will perform a thorough oral health exam and bite analysis to evaluate your jaw joints and determine if your headaches are caused by TMJ dysfunction. Treatment for a TMJ Headache, as well as TMJ treatment in general, which can range from simple oral appliance therapy, using a night guard or splint, to advanced bite correction therapy which involves reshaping the teeth so that they make proper contact.
Get Relief From Frequent Headaches
If you experience frequent headaches and migraines, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Cranham. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether you suffer from TMJ dysfunction. He offers many treatments for frequent headaches in the Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area. Call our dentist office at 757-656-4109 or schedule an appointment online.