NEDA Headache Treatment CenterDo you have headaches? Do they affect your energy and daily life? Did you know that 85% of headaches are related to clenching and/or grinding of the teeth? This is even true for those that have been diagnosed with migraine, cluster or stress-related headaches.
When a person clenches or grinds their teeth, they may load 20-30 times the stress on the bite system than is normal. Muscles get sore and tired and build up lactic acids that cause the muscles to hurt and spasm.
For people that suffer from headaches, a thorough dental evaluation may very well lead to a diagnosis of bruxism (the habit of clenching and grinding of the teeth). Patients often ask why they clench. For some it's stress related, for others it can be an involuntary habit or due to an imbalance in your bite.
Convinced you donít brux? Headache specialist Dr. Bloom can tell quickly by looking at your facial muscles (think of it like body building) work a muscle and it builds, and by wear patterns on the teeth. These are developments he looks for in all initial exams in addition to the secondary signs such as TMJ pain, cracked or sore teeth and gum recession.
If this is you, there are several things our headache specialist can do to get you comfortable. If you brux in your sleep we'll will make you a custom fit bite splint/mandibular orthotic. This way if you do brux you won't hyper-activate the muscles, your muscles work in proper coordination (unlike 99.9% of the nightguards made). If you brux due to an imbalance in your bite he will correct the imbalance by equilibrating, think of it as bringing your bite back into harmony. Life is busy enough, don't let headaches ruin the fun...properly diagnosing and treating your headaches is life changing!
Proof that headaches are due to muscle involvement - the FDA recently approved Botox Cosmetic (the injectable used cosmetically to smooth wrinkles in the upper face) to treat headaches because it relaxes the muscles in the temporal region.
Dr. Bloom's clinical training specific to the diagnosis and treatment of headache pain.
- Over 23 years of extensive training in the masticatory system including study in head and neck dissection.
- Over 23 yrs training in advanced restorative methods in dentistry including TMJ dysfunction and treatment through bite therapy.
- Extensive hands-on training in making custom-made mandibular orthotics (bite splints.)
- 23 years successfully treating patients with headache pain even chronic migraines.
*Unless the physician has specialty training in headaches, only a headache specialist trained in restorative dentistry and the masticatory system can diagnose and treat your headache pain.