Effective Migraine Headache Treatments
Research shows that there is a correlation between malocclusion (a bite that is off when top and bottom teeth do not line up properly) and migraine headache pain. One report from the Journal of Headache and Pain details a study conducted to determine whether or not an occlusion problem is present in headache sufferers that affects the temporomandibular joint and directly affects migraine headaches. The findings showed that such a relationship does indeed exist and suggested that more should be done to investigate potential treatments.
Dentists with expertise in treating temporomandibular joint disorders, like at The Central Park South TMJ Center, are finding that correcting irregular occlusions such as overbite or crossbite can also help with the alleviation of headache pain including migraines. Cranial distortions which occur when upper and lower teeth make contact and stress the temporomandibular joint can be reduced when the malocclusion is corrected.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Migraines?
Migraine headaches are usually characterized by various intensities of pain lasting from four hours to three days. Pain ranges from moderate to incapacitating and sometimes involves vomiting and dizziness. The throbbing pain is often present only on one side of the head. Migraine headaches can be episodic; occurring less than 15 times a month or chronic if they last longer than four hours and are present more than a total of two weeks out of a month for over a period of three months. Another type of is the cluster headache. Severe pain attacks one side of the head lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours and happens anywhere between once every other day to eight times a day.
Currently the exact cause of migraines is not fully known though various factors are involved. Dilation of blood vessels seems to be part of the puzzle; chemical reactions to heavy metals and toxicity can induce pain and hormones seem to play a part also. There are triggers for migraines which vary from person to person. Bright lights, atmospheric changes, food additives, certain smells and food allergies are also contributing factors. Some research has found that structural distortions in the skull bones affect migraines. These cranial dental imbalances can be remedied with proper diagnosis and treatment.
At The Central Park South TMJ Center, our specialists have widespread knowledge in diagnosing and treating dental related migraine pain. If you are experiencing the discomfort caused by migraine headaches, contact our office today to make an appointment. Through examination and testing, we can determine if your headaches are related to dental issues. If so, we will develop a customized treatment plan to help alleviate your pain.