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A migraine headache can be a debilitating experience that sends you to a darkened room and leaves you unable to do much of anything. Though you not might think of consulting with your dentist about a migraine, Dr. Charles Hawkins may be able to offer relief, especially if your headaches are caused or worsened by issues related to your TMJ (temporomandibular joints).
Your two TMJs connect your jaw to your skull. Several dental problems can cause or contribute to headaches, including teeth grinding or an uneven or misaligned bite. Dr. Hawkins can suggest several solutions that may help, including a custom-made splint that prevents you from grinding your teeth.
To explore possible solutions for your headaches, call our Zanesville, OH dentist office at 740-214-1301.
Relax Your Jaw with a Custom Splint or Medication
A custom-made splint may alleviate migraine pain by keeping you from grinding your teeth and gently moving your jaw into a comfortable position that takes pressure off your TMJ. Dr. Hawkins will take careful measurements so the splint fits you perfectly. An ill-fitting splint, like one you buy at a drugstore, can actually worsen the problem.
Dr. Hawkins can also use FDA approved medication for treatment of migraines in 2010. This relaxes your jaw muscles and may also relax other facial muscles that cause headache pain. Studies have shown that some headache sufferers experience a reduction in frequency and severity using this treatment.
Correcting Your Bite Issues May Ease Headache Pain
Dr. Hawkins will also examine you to determine if issues with a misaligned bite could be contributing to headache pain. If so, he can suggest solutions to improve your bite, including orthodontics or dental crowns. In addition to helping your headache, you’ll be able to chew more easily with a well-aligned bite.
To make an appointment at Hawkins Complete Dental Service, call 740-214-1301. Our Zanesville, OH dentist office is at 2560 Maysville Pike. In addition to Zanesville, we serve communities in Perry, Morgan, Muskingum, Guernsey, Franklin, and Licking Counties.