Headache Relief from Fitzgerald Dental Center

headache-small3Headache relief from a dentist? Yes! Chronic headaches, including migraines, are often caused by malfunctioning temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These two small joints typically go unnoticed when operating smoothly. Throw some stress or a misaligned bite into the mix, and these joints make their presence known.

I’m Dr. Lee Fitzgerald. At Fitzgerald Dental Center in Plano, I offer customized, non-surgical therapies to eliminate headaches and other TMJ-related discomfort.

TMJ Function: An Overview
You have two TMJ joints, one on each side of your jaw just in front of your ears. These joints are responsible for smooth, pain-free jaw motion. They rely on optimal conditions to function correctly and often cause discomfort when impacted by trauma, physical or emotional stress, or a variety of other factors. Oftentimes, top and bottom teeth that don’t fit together optimally put pressure on these joints and their associated muscles and nerves, which causes pain and pressure.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ problems don’t just impact the jaw. Patients with TMJ disorder experience a variety of aches and pains, including:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Migraines
  • Tingling in the fingers
  • Low back pain
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder, or temple
  • Inability to fully open and close the mouth
  • A jaw that clicks or pops

Customized Therapy for Relief
I’ll evaluate your symptoms and recommend treatment to alleviate your pain and get your life back on track. Many patients experience relief with oral appliance therapy. I can customize a small, comfortable nightguard to fit the contours of your mouth. Worn during slumber, a nightguard holds the jaw in its ideal resting position. This takes the pressure off the joints and muscles to promote healing.

Another treatment option involves building up the surface of back teeth to properly align your bite.

Don’t put up with headaches. Call Fitzgerald Dental Center today to schedule an appointment. My Plano/North Dallas office is conveniently located, and my team is waiting to serve you.