Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Maybe you wake up with frequent morning headaches. You may have a TMJ disorder or bruxism.
TMJ disorders, or temporomandibular joint disorders, cause pain when the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull are injured. Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorders. These dental problems put pressure on the jaw joint due to an unbalanced or crooked bite. Tension in the face caused by these problems can also lead to headaches, as well as neck and jaw pain.
Many patients may suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain but do not know why. TMJ problems or bruxism are often unconscious because patients clench and grind their teeth at night. Dr. Christopher Rebol and Dr. Chris Sparks are Asheville, NC dentists that can evaluate the jaw joints and facial muscles for instability. After a diagnosis, they will help you determine the best type of care.
Before treatment, we will discuss your dental concerns and health history and perform a thorough dental exam. Wearing nightguards or undergoing bite correction therapy are some of the best treatments to address chronic headaches. Our dentists will recommend a treatment plan for you depending on your specific needs.
Nightguard: We may recommend an oral appliance such as a mouthguard for patients to wear at night. Mouthguards help prevent teeth grinding and clenching and reduce the occurrence of chronic headaches. Night mouthguards also help relieve pressure from the jaw and stop further tooth wear.
Bite Correction: Misaligned bites are often a contributing factor to TMJ, bruxism, and headaches. Dental crowns, tooth bonding, or orthodontic treatments can reshape or realign the teeth for a more balanced bite. We will help you find the best option for straightening your teeth or covering tooth damage.
Request an Appointment Today
If you have chronic headaches, visit Rebol Family Dentistry in Asheville, North Carolina. Call our office for care today at 828.247.7222. You may also schedule a consultation with Dr. Rebol or Dr. Sparks on our website. They will be happy to answer any remaining questions about your dental concerns during your consultation.