Headaches can be triggered by a number of factors, including stress, noise, lack of sleep, and alcohol use. For many Canadians, recurring, disrupting headaches are a part of life, interfering with daily activities and making even the simplest tasks challenging.
Chronic head pain may be indicative of an underlying health problem. They are often one of the primary symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), a condition affecting the jaw muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If you are suffering from chronic headaches, Calgary general dentists Dr. Sahra Kanji may be able to treat the underlying condition causing them.
Your headaches may be caused by any number of factors. If they are the result of TMD, they may be easily treated using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry.
Our high-tech K7 jaw tracking system precisely pinpoints any dysfunctional aspects of jaw movement. Physical trauma to the jaw, the position and arrangement of teeth, bad biting/chewing habits, and genetic defects are all to blame for TMD and the headaches that result.
Treatment for Headaches
Once Calgary dentists Dr. Kanji has determined that your headaches are in fact related to TMD, they will recommend a treatment program intended to return your jaw to its proper alignment. This should alleviate the symptoms you have been experiencing, including your chronic headaches.
Depending on the unique TMD issues you are experiencing, Dr. Kanji may recommend one of the following treatments to remedy your condition:
- Orthotic devices
- Dental restorations
- TENS electrical stimulation and jaw therapy
Seeking a Neuromuscular Evaluation
Many people with TMD will experience other symptoms in addition to their headaches, including:
- Jaw soreness
- Ringing in the ears
- Neck pain
- Facial pain
- Clicking sounds in the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
If you experience one or more of these additional symptoms, there is a good chance that your headaches may be caused by TMD. A comprehensive evaluation at our office will help conclusively determine whether this is in fact the case. Your initial evaluation is your first important step to eliminating these debilitating headaches from your life once and for all.