Morning Headaches? Or Beautiful Symphony?

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Patients ask me quite often about headaches they experience, because they suspect their constant headaches could have something to do with their teeth and their jaw.

Well, they could be right. Let me explain.

Your jaw and muscles move together—in actions such as eating and speaking—like music, with the moving parts all working together in harmony, creating a beautiful symphony of movement.

But when there is disharmony between those moving parts, between your teeth and your jaw muscles, this can lead to TMJ disorder and headaches.

The muscles in your jaw have lots of positions they can be in when you bring your teeth together, but there is only one best position for your jaw muscles. The problem with that is your teeth may have another position that is best for them. And if these two positions for jaw and teeth are different from each other, then guess what? Your teeth win, but this means your jaw muscles lose and can suffer. If this happens to you, your jaw muscles could get sore and tight, which can then lead to muscle spasms.

And who wouldn’t want to avoid that?

This is typically what happens when you wake up with a “morning headache.” The two large jaw muscles on either side of your head, in the temple areas, are big victims here. If you clench your teeth at night, and your jaw and teeth are both trying to maneuver into the two separate positions I mentioned, then guess who loses? Right. Your muscles. They can become tight and sore.

Then bingo! You have morning headaches, potentially indicative of TMJ disorder.

But there IS an answer to this. In most cases, I can treat this condition by making and customizing an orthotic appliance. It may sound big and scary, but it’s simple, really.

I can customize an orthotic appliance that looks and feels like a night guard, which you wear while you sleep. This appliance allows your muscles to put your jaw into a position that is in harmony with them and your teeth. When you bite down on the appliance with your teeth, then your muscles, your jaw, AND your teeth are happy. Problem solved.

Now, that’s a symphony worth listening to!

If you’d like to see how we can get your jaw muscles and teeth all moving in harmony again—and get rid of morning headaches—give me a call for a free consultation. I’ll be happy to speak with you.

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