Have you ever anticipated a special event in your life—and then had to miss out due to a headache or neck pain?
Headache and neck pain are number two and number three among the types of chronic pain experienced by Americans, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
If you struggle with these types of pain, talk with us at Whitmore Dental. While headaches and neck pain have a variety of causes, these conditions can be related to treatable dental problems.
How could a dental problem be causing your pounding headaches? The culprit is often found in how your teeth fit together, known as your bite.
Bite problems can cause the muscles in the jaw, head and neck to work overtime, resulting in muscle fatigue and spasms.
According to the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the following signs may indicate that your headache has a dental cause:
• Pain behind the eyes
• Sore jaw muscles or “tired” muscles upon awakening
• Teeth grinding
• Clicking or popping jaw joints
• Head and/or scalp painful to the touch
At Whitmore Dental, we offer a diagnostic procedure that can help determine if your head and neck pain has a dental cause.
The T-Scan® is a small handheld device that painlessly scans your whole oral cavity and produces graphical reports that show any problems with your bite.
Following your T-Scan, Dr. Whitmore and his team will talk with you about the health of your bite and about whether treatment of your bite could benefit your overall health.
Diagnosis and treatment of bite issues has helped many of our patients improve their quality of life. Contact Dee Dee or Janet at 972-985-1580 for an appointment.