Signs Your Headache Might be a Dental Problem

Signs Your Headache Might be a Dental Problem

Something that many people are not aware of this that oral health and well-being can actually be connected to headaches. It is actually very common for tension headaches to be caused by dental problems. Here are some common dental problems that may be the culprit.

Cavities and Infections

A simple cavity may be the cause of your tension headache. Because nerves are all connected, any cavity or infection at the cavity site can cause pain to travel along the nerve and be “deferred” at a different location. It is common, then, for pain to be felt as a tension headache, whereas the culprit is actually a tooth.

Misalignment

Another common cause of dental related tension headaches is a jaw or teeth misalignment. This misalignment can often cause strain and other stresses on the muscles, which results in the headache. A dentist can help with this by providing orthodontic work to fix the misalignment.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

TMJ for short, this is a major cause of tension headaches. The joint in question with this disorder is the jaw’s connection to your skull, and it affects not only the joint but all the surrounding tissue and nerves. TMJ has many causes, including stress, bruxism, jaw misalignment, poor orthodontic work, and excessive jaw overuse. As you can see, some of these are also previously mentioned issues, so TMJ and resulting headaches can be fairly compex. While TMJ can sometimes go away on its own, it often does require intervention and the help of a TMJ specialist.

If you are suffering from tension headaches, it might be a dental problem which is causing it. A visit to your dentist, ro the help of a headache specialist in Vancouver may be exactly what you need to start treating those tension headaches.

 

What is TRUDenta Rehabilitation Therapy?

What is TRUDenta Rehabilitation Therapy?

If you suffer from headaches and migraines, tinnitus, vertigo and dizziness, or temporomandibular disorders, you may have had TruDenta rehabilitation therapy recommended to you by a head pain specialist. So what is TruDenta rehabilitation therapy?

What is TMJ Disorder?

To fully understand what TruDenta rehabilitation therapy is, it is first important to understand the cause of your head pain and what factors may play a part. For this, we will look at temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder can lead to many other symptoms, including the previously mentioned migraines and tinnitus.

TMJ disorder can be caused by a number of factors, or even a combination of these. It may be caused by:

  • Stress leading to muscle tension in the joint
  • Physical Trauma
  • Dental or Orthodontic work or problems
  • Grinding of teeth

What is TruDenta Rehabilitation Therapy?

The TruDenta process first begins with comprehensive diagnosis to paint a clear picture of what is happening to cause the issues. With the number of known causes, this is an important step. This diagnosis includes force and range of motion analysis, symptoms and headache history, and a muscle exam.

Once a diagnosis has been made, and the cause of the problem found, the treatment process can begin. The treatment plans are tailored for each patient, based on the findings from the diagnosis. Some of the treatments that are used as part of this may include ultrasound, muscle therapy, trigger point manipulation, and photobiomodulation.

TruDenta has shown to be an effective treatment and recommended by many head pain specialists due to it not relying on painkillers or other prescription drugs, and being tailored and specific for each individual. Ask your head pain specialist about TruDenta rehabilitation therapy today.

Differentiating Headaches

Differentiating Headaches

Headaches are not all the same, and the causes, symptoms and severity between them can drastically differ. Differentiating between types of headaches and having a proper headache diagnosis is key to treating a problem and providing quick headache relief. Headaches can commonly be classified into two main categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches.

Primary Headaches

Primary headaches are headaches which are not a symptom of another problem. Simply put, primary headaches are the problem themselves. One common type of primary headache is a tension headache. These headaches are often short lived and have a variety of triggers including stress, dehydration, stress, anxiety and depression. These headaches can often be prevented by eating well, sleeping well, exercising, and managing stress levels.

Migraines are also a well-known type of primary headache. Migraines are usually more painful than tension headaches, and tend to last for longer periods. These headaches may cause other symptoms rather than pain, such as light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, nausea or even vomiting. These headaches can last for a long time, often days.

Secondary Headaches

Secondary headaches are headaches which are caused by another problem. This means that the headache is the symptom of another problem. Common causes of secondary headaches include caffeine withdrawal, jaw and dental problems,  or head injuries. Hormonal changes in women, such as those that happen during a period, during pregnancy, or during menopause can also trigger secondary headaches.

Another common cause of a secondary headache is a hangover, caused by the consumption of too much alcohol. This throbbing headache usually includes sensitivity to light and movement, and may take a day or two to fully recover from.

Within these two main categories are a number of other types of headaches. What is important is to recognize and differentiate the cause or reason for having a specific type of headache, and to seek help should it be a sign of something more serious, or preventing you from enjoying life. For more information, seek out a headache clinic in Vancouver, such as BC Headpain.

How Can Old Fillings and Crowns Lead to Head Pain?

How Can Old Fillings and Crowns Lead to Head Pain?

There are so many reasons why someone may be suffering from head pain. Headaches, migraines and other pain are symptoms of dozens of different problems. The one thing that they all have in common is the desire for effective head pain treatment by the person suffering. One less known but common cause of head pain is the presence of old dental fillings and crowns.

Headaches and Dental Problems

Headaches are a common symptom of a wide range of dental problems. The human nervous system is complex and interconnected, meaning pain or stimulation in one area can cause sensations in others. You may have never thought that previous dental work could be causing your head pain, but amalgam fillings and old crowns could be the culprit.

First, old amalgam fillings were done using a combination of metals. overtime, these metals can break down and become damaged.  This can lead to the filling becoming lose, and putting unwanted pressure on the nerves around the site. This stimulation can travel up these nerves, and the result can be a headache or even a migraine.

Damaged fillings and crowns can also affect your bite. If they are no longer fitting just right, you may have a bite that does not line up. This can put further wear on your teeth, stress on your TMJ, and even cause bruxism. These can work alone, or together, to be the cause of your head pain.

If you suffer from headaches, you may benefit from seeing a TMJ specialist to help determine the cause and find a way to overcome them. Visit BC Headpain today to get started on your journey to healing.

How Does a Dentist Diagnose Head Pain, including Migraines?

How Does a Dentist Diagnose Head Pain, including Migraines?

Almost every one of us has experienced a headache, or other head pain in our lives. Many of us have also experienced a severe and possibly debilitating migraine. Head pain can be extremely uncomfortable and burdensome, so it becomes important to learn about the cause and remedy this as quickly as possible. Your dentist may actual be pivotal in diagnosing head pain and finding those migraine triggers. Here are some possible oral causes for head pain that your dentist and head pain specialist could help to determine.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint as the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull. This is a fairly complex joint, as it allows for not only strong biting, but movement in several directions. Overuse or damage to this joint can cause pain to travel up your head, causing head pain or even migraines.

Toothaches

Another common cause of head pain is deferred pain from a toothache. Toothaches may be caused by a number of reasons, but most commonly result from cavities, root issues, or gum disease. The stimulation of the nerve near your tooth can cause pain to travel, presenting as head pain or migraines. Your dentist will be able to examine your teeth and gums as part of your regular checkup and determine if any decay or other problems could be causing your head pain.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the fancy way of referring to the grinding or clenching of teeth. Many people are not even aware that they may grind or clench their sleep, whether during the day or even while asleep. There are many causes for bruxism, including stress, alcohol and caffeine consumption, or misaligned teeth. Head pain and even migraines are common symptoms of bruxism, and your dentist will be able to examine your teeth for signs of wear, and indications that you are grinding or clenching.

The human body is a complex and connected system. When one part experiences problems, it can have wide reaching effects. Dentists are able to diagnose possible causes for your head pain, and help you get back to feeling yourself.

What is Whiplash Induced TMJ?

What is Whiplash Induced TMJ?

For those experiencing whiplash trauma, there is a high chance that whiplash will induce TMJ symptoms. Many people are not aware of what whiplash induced TMJ, and the need for a neck pain specialist to help with managing symptoms.

What is TMJ Pain?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint in which the jaw connects to the rest of the skull. This is a complicated joint, especially when considering the number of different movements it is capable of moving, and the fine muscles it needs to accomplish this. When these muscles, or the surrounding ligaments, discs or bones are damaged, such as in the event of whiplash, the result can be a painful TMJ syndrome.

TMJ syndrome can carry many painful symptoms with it, including head and neck pain, ear pain, headaches and migraines, and even difficulty chewing, and speaking. When people experience whiplash, they may not realize that head or neck pain is the result of TMJ damage, and this is where whiplash treatment by a neck pain specialist is needed.

Neck Pain Specialist

A neck pain specialist, such as those at BC Headpain, is able to properly assess your pain and determine if it is caused by whiplash induced TMJ. With a proper diagnosis, a thorough treatment plan can be recommended, and steps towards healing and ridding yourself of chronic pain can be realized.

If you have suffered from whiplash, and continue to have symptoms in line with TMJ syndrome, make sure to contact BC Headpain today.