Most facial pains, headaches and migraines are caused by faulty jaw alignment causing malfunction of the jaw joint (TMJ) and the muscles of the face and neck. This is where our diagnosis and treatment begin to permanently resolve these issues for our patients, eliminating the need for drugs and medication.
These pains can be felt in the forehead, the head, the temples, behind the eyes, in the neck, shoulders. These pains can also be referred to the teeth, causing phantom toothaches. Anxiety and depression can also be associated with migraines and headaches. The head is usually positioned in forward position, causing an imbalance in the whole skeleton and thus a cascading effect through the whole body.
There are many causes of these pains, so differential diagnosis is most important. Most patients who come to our practice for treatment have spent many years seeing doctors, neurologists, chiropractors, naturopaths, osteopaths and other health practitioners, spending a lot of time and money and getting little relief because the real cause is not being treated. This means that when it comes to proper migraine treatment, Sydney locals who have exhausted every other option would do well to consider Good Health Dentistry.
The cause of headaches and migraines is usually incorrect jaw alignment, caused by the lack of size and shape of the upper jaw. This incorrect size and shape can be caused by previous holistic orthodontics treatment, and the way we swallow and breathe. The effect of this is that the jaw joint is pushed back into the socket, causing inflammation of the joint and spasm in the surrounding muscles. The nerves and muscles of the neck and shoulders are often concurrently affected. The end result is clicks, pain anywhere in the head and behind the eyes, tinnitus and stuffy years, inability to sleep, neck and shoulder pain and lower back pain, as well as mental issues such as anxiety, depression and intolerance.
At the initial consultation there is an in-depth clinical consultation, examination and recording. A 3D x-ray is taken to assess the anatomy of the jaw joint (TMJ). If possible, a patient self- assessment form is filled before this appointment.
If it is assessed that headaches or migraines have any likely relation to dental or jaw relationships, then a second appointment is advised where a treatment plan is presented explaining the causal relationships and how they can be treated. An outline of possible treatments is presented and the relative quotations for the services, possibly utilising orthodontics for your headache or migraine.
If it is decided to go ahead with treatment, this then usually requires impressions and photos to be taken to create custom no headache orthodontics. Most treatments are conducted over a 3 month period of wearing an upper appliance at night and a lower appliance during the day. Most patients experience a significant improvement within the first month, but healing of the tissue of the joint takes about 3 months.
An assessment is made after 3 months. Depending on the initial cause you may be able to maintain freedom from symptoms just by wearing the night time appliance of for more complex situations holistic orthodontics development may be needed to stabilise the TMJ. This can be done at any age, so enquire with Good Health Dentistry today to put an end to pain.
At Good Health Dentistry, our aim is to offer a relaxing and personal dental experience. Offering our patients a range of cutting-edge techniques and treatments including Teeth Whitening, TMJ Treatment, Cosmetic Braces, Holistic Orthodontics and Sleep Apnoea Treatment.