Drs. Jason Campbell and Rick Farnsworth provide treatment to alleviate migraine and facial pain. There are several possible causes for migraines and facial pain, including bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ (jaw joint) disorders. When you visit Pro Solutions Dental Group, our dentists will determine the cause of your pain and provide an appropriate treatment. We welcome you to contact us at 928-776-1208 to schedule your appointment and learn more about our treatment options for migraines and facial pain in Prescott, Arizona.
Migraines are headaches that cause extreme pain and can last anywhere between a few hours to several days. With a migraine, pain is often pulsating on just one side of the head. There are several different types of migraines; they range from the occasional episodic migraine to severe and frequent chronic migraines.
Over the years, research has found a connection between migraines and malocclusion, or the misalignment of your teeth and jaw. When your teeth don’t come together properly, it can put strain on your jaw joints and muscles and cause headaches and migraines. If a “bad bite” is not corrected, it can lead to tooth erosion as your jaw movement tries to remove anything that is preventing your bite from feeling aligned. This can wear down your jaw muscles and joints, causing TMJ disorder. Migraines can also be caused by bruxism, the clenching or grinding of your teeth. For most people, this happens while sleeping; however, you may find yourself clenching your teeth throughout the day as well.
Treating dental-associated migraines and headaches depends on the cause of your migraines and the severity of your condition. In general, our dentists recommend trying more conservative treatments before resorting to irreversible ones. Some of the most common treatment options include:
- Eating soft foods
- Applying ice to the affected areas
- Avoiding extreme jaw movements if your migraines are caused by TMJ
- Engaging in facial stretches and relaxation techniques
- Taking pain medications
- Using oral appliances and splints
- Having corrective surgery
- Reshaping your teeth’s biting surface (occlusal equilibration)
There are other treatment options in addition to the ones above, and our dentists can help you know which one is right for you. Please feel free to call or visit our office with any questions or for more information.