Everyone has had a headache at some point in their life. Recurring or frequent headaches, however, are not normal and indicate a problem that could be dental related. Norfolk, VA dentist Dr. John Cranahm has advanced training and experience to diagnose and treat patients who have frequent headaches as a result of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). He 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.
Headaches are among the most misdiagnosed conditions in medicine. Drawing the connection between headaches and a TMJ disorder can be difficult for most physicians and dentists. A type of tension headache, a TMJ headache is often caused by teeth clenching or teeth grinding. 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.
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 Treatment
Dr. Cranham will perform a bite analysis to evaluate your jaw joints and determine if your headaches are caused by a TMJ disorder. The key is to identify the causative issues and manage them as conservatively as possible. He offers a wide a range of solutions for patients seeking a cure for a TMJ headache as well as TMJ treatments for TMJ disorders in general. This may involve simple oral appliance therapy, using a night guard or splint and bite correction therapies. Advanced bite correction therapy involves reshaping the teeth so that they make proper contact. It is important to keep in mind that TMJ problems can be progressive in nature and the earlier that this concern is identified, the more conservative the solution may be.
Schedule a Consultation
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 a TMJ headache in the Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area. Call our dentist office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your appointment online.