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Why you Should be Discussing your Headaches with the Dentist

Why you Should be Discussing your Headaches with the Dentist

Poway and San Diego, CA

Do you live with chronic headaches? This is a surprisingly common ailment that can affect your quality of life in a profound way.

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.

If you are living with chronic headaches and medication has brought no relief, then you should consider a consultation with a qualified , such as Dr. Nicol R. Cook, DDS.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialization of the dental field that focuses on restoring or finding the proper alignment of the bite and jaw. When disharmony occurs among the jaw then headaches can develop, as well as pain and inflammation in the jaw joints – often a result of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Headaches or migraines often occur as a result of TMJ because of the proximity of the temporomandibular joint itself to the trigeminal nerve, which transmits more sensory input than any other neural pathway in the body. Masking headache pain with medication is only masking the symptoms, and does not solve the underlying issue, which is often a misaligned jaw.

Neuromuscular dentists use their specialized training and experience to analyze your bite and determine the ideal resting position for your jaw and facial muscles. If TMJ or another orofacial issue is causing your headaches, a neuromuscular dentist is the best, most qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat the problem.

If TMJ is causing your chronic headaches, then medication will not prevent them from recurring. Instead, a neuromuscular dentist can treat the cause—often by prescribing an oral appliance, which brings your jaw back into its proper alignment and restores neuromuscular harmony.

If you live with chronic headaches then Smiles By Dr. Cook can help by using neuromuscular dentistry. To schedule an appointment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, Carmel Mountain, and Rancho Bernardo, California.