Experts at ConfiDent Dubai Palm shine light on various dental issues that may be causing you headaches
21 November 2019| Last updated on 21 November 2019
Headache is a major, common neurological problem and is the main reason for decreased work performance, life quality and is associated with behavioral disturbances.
The relationship of headaches and temporomandibular disorders is proven by numerous studies. We tend to think of oral cavity as of an autonomous organ with the main function of chewing the food and we barely connect it with the pain in the temples, neck or shoulders.
Blaming a stressful job, relationship or business project is a simple choice when we end up during the day with a headache or migraine. And all we do, is to take a painkiller!
But when the pain becomes regular, painkillers are not the best choice. We just mask the symptoms, without treating the cause.
It is important to go over the scientific terms and provide their definitions to better understand them:
- Temporomandibular joint (abbreviation TMJ) - there is one on each side and they attach your jaw to the bottom of your skull.
- Temporomandibular disorder (abbreviation TMD) – the term covers pain in dysfunction of the muscles or anatomical structures of TMJ.
After clarifying these terms we can go ahead and explain the correlation of TMJ with the headaches:
- Clenching and grinding can elicit pain in the face, headache occurring specifically in the temples
- Missing teeth, from one side or bilateral can change the bite that projects in the TMJ and the result is a headache
- Misaligned teeth produce a wrong bite that again tenses the facial muscles and TMJ
- Dental traumas; an exciting game in childhood associated with a bad fall on the face can have consequences in the future
- Ectopic tooth, means tooth that erupts in other head anatomical site than oral cavity, for example in the sinus or nose
The first person who can detect and confirm TMD is your dentist. Regular checkups involve not only caries detection and professional dental cleaning but also the way how you open your mouth, if any clicking sounds or pain are present, deviations of the mandible to the right or left, etc. If the headaches are not of dental/ TMJ origin, the dentist has to refer you to a specialist neurologist or ENT specialist (in case your sinuses are not clean).
If TMD is confirmed there will be a personalized treatment plan that will include one of below:
- Orthodontic treatment
- Prosthetic treatment
- Patient education
Ignoring the headaches/migraines, topping up your liver with strong painkillers is not a healthy way of living. Do not let it control your life!
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