Dental Practice May Offer a Solution for Chronic Headaches and Migraines
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
Chronic headaches and migraines can have a huge impact on one’s daily quality of life. If you are struggling with problems such as these, it may be a condition that can be improved with the help of a dentist. Dr. Keri Smith at NW Heights Dental of Portland, OR can evaluate a patient an determine if they can benefit from a treatment such as oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Dr. Keri Smith describe oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for those who deal with chronic headaches and migraines. Many times, these conditions may be caused by tension into the jaw joint, typically referred to as a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder. It may also be caused by clenching and grinding that occur during the night, called bruxism. Some patients deal with both conditions, which can cause great stress on the jaw joint and on the teeth. In fact, the condition is sometimes diagnosed when the dentist notices unexpected wear and tear of the natural tooth enamel and restorations such as crowns, veneers, and bridges.
Oral appliances are fabricated with quality plastic that is used to create a mouth guard that fits precisely into the patient’s mouth. It covers the dental arch and helps ease tension in the jaw joint. For patients who have bruxism, it also offers a layer of protection against damage that can affect the natural teeth and dental restorations. This cushion can not only save patients a lot of money in restorative dentistry, but it can also relieve tension in the jaw joint that can lead to chronic pain in the neck, head, and even down to the shoulders. Our professionals welcome patients for an evaluation to find out if oral appliance therapy can assist them.
Ready to learn more about the options for treatment of chronic headaches and migraines?
Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental offer patients in the area of Portland, OR the solutions they need for feeling their best each and every day. Contact the staff today by calling (503) 646-1463 and visiting the office, conveniently located at 975 NW Saltzman Road.
Posted in: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder