Tension headaches and migraines can often be caused by bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) or malocclusion (bad bites). For many years, the idea that frequent or severe headaches were linked to the jaw joint was not taken seriously. Nearly all affected individuals experienced a “medical merry-go-round,” visiting multiple doctors before finally making an appointment at our dental practice as a last resort. Even now, many individuals do not recognize that the symptoms they experience are linked to dental conditions. Cloud Family Dentistry is pleased to offer treatments to relieve headaches and help you regain a sense of wellbeing. We invite you to call our office to learn more about headache relief in Little Rock, Arkansas, and make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. John Cloud.

Do you suffer from frequent tension headaches or migraines? Do you miss work, class, or social events because of migraines and headache pain? If so, you may benefit from headache and migraine treatment at our office. Many people suffer from headaches as a result of bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. The added stress and strain on the jaw and facial muscles result in headaches that can cause a significant amount of pain and can interfere with your day-to-day life.

In order to reduce your headaches, our dentist may recommend a specialized mouth guard. Sometimes called a bite guard or night guard, this mouth guard fits over your teeth to prevent teeth grinding and clenching; these mouth guards are most often worn at night while you sleep to prevent unconscious clenching and grinding. The bite guard can also be used to hold your jaw in a more correct position, relieving excessive strain and helping to reduce the frequency of your headaches. Our team will make certain that your bite guard fits comfortably and effectively to treat your headache and migraine pain. To learn more about headache and migraine treatment, we welcome you to call or visit us today. We look forward to caring for you and your family!

The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.

You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:

  • Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
  • Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn, or chew
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain when chewing and biting
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears
  • Frequent headaches

Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMJ treatment and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to contact us today.

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