Headaches are a common ailment that can have a drastic impact on your quality of life. For those who suffer from chronic headaches, taking aspirin or getting some rest is not always enough to provide comfort. Left untreated, a patient suffering from chronic headaches also can develop an assortment of other physical and mental problems including insomnia, anxiety, depression, and daytime fatigue. While many consider visiting their doctor to get to the bottom of what is causing their headaches, not as many are aware of the benefits of discussing their headaches with your Highland Park, IL dentist.
People who don’t have proper alignment of their bite and jaw can experience severe discomfort, often manifesting itself as a headache. This is especially true for those who have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ causes inflammation in the jaw joints which could lead to serious discomfort. A visit to Dr. Kacel, your dentist in Highland Park, IL could get TMJ diagnosed and treated.
Migraines and other headaches often occur as a result of TMJ because of the temporomandibular joint is very close to the trigeminal nerve, which transmits more sensory input than any other neural pathway in the entire body. Treating headache pain with aspirin or other medication is only dealing with the symptoms rather than treating the underlying issue, which could be a misaligned jaw.
Dr. Kacel, a dentist in Deerfield IL could treat the TMJ. If TMJ or another oral issue is causing your headaches, a trip to the dentist is the best way to diagnose and treat the problem.
If the cause of your chronic headaches is TMJ, medication will not stop them from returning. Instead, a dentist can treat the cause, possibly by prescribing an oral device and physical therapy that will bring your jaw back into its proper alignment and restores a proper bite.
If you have any other questions about TMJ, or about oral hygiene in general, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.