eadaches affect millions of adults. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 50% of all adults have been known to suffer from headaches globally. It is also estimated that up to 4% of adults worldwide suffer from headaches for 15 days, or longer, out of every month.
Although most headaches are not life-threatening, they can diminish your quality of life as severely as serious medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Headaches can negatively affect you in many ways. They can decrease your work rate, take time away from your family and make it difficult to be active. You may also experience impairment in interpersonal relationships, including work relationships. The incidence of depression and the loss of short-term memory, which also drain a sufferer’s productivity and happiness, are both more frequently found among headache sufferers.
Headaches are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Headaches can occur as a symptom of a considerable number of conditions. Some of these include: stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, muscle tightness, head injury and neurological disorders.
One of the most common causes of a headache, though, is dental problems. Headaches caused by dental problems often result from malocclusion or an unbalanced bite.
Dr. Glaser specializes in treating patients who have an imbalance in the temporomandibular joint. Problems with your jaw joint and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). While we don’t know what causes TMD, most dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. TMD is characterized by headaches, sometimes migraines and often with pain in the neck and shoulders, limited mobility or locking of the jaw, painful clicking or popping of the jaw joint, trouble chewing, swelling on the side of your face and sometimes pressure in the ear or an earache.
To figure out what’s causing your headaches, Dr. Glaser will ask about your health history and conduct a physical exam of your jaw joints. He’ll check your jaw joints for pain or tenderness and listen for clicks, pops, or grating sounds when you move them. He’ll also make sure your jaw works like it should and doesn’t lock when you open or close your mouth. Additionally, he’ll test your bite and check for problems with your facial muscles. If warranted, Dr. Glaser will use advanced diagnostic scanning equipment to evaluate your jaw joints and perform a bite analysis. After diagnosing your condition, Dr. Glaser will develop a specialized treatment plan to help repair the underlying dental problems and give you relief from your headaches.
Don’t suffer any longer from headaches! If you believe your headaches may be caused by TMD or other dental problems, contact Glaser Dental for a comprehensive evaluation. Call 715-359-4344 now to schedule your consultation with Dr. Glaser to ADDRESS YOUR DENTALLY RELATED HEADACHES – WAUSAU.