New technology now allows Dr. Dano to objectively evaluate the state of your jaw and facial muscles and various other factors that may be affecting your bite and causing you headaches. Based on this evaluation Dr. Dano can rule in or rule out your bite as possible cause of headache pain with a high degree of confidence. The muscles of the temple area of the forehead are muscles that play an important part in the posturing and closing of the jaw. If your occlusion (bite) is not right, it can lead to abnormal tension in these muscles and this could be one of several possible causes of severe headaches
If the bite is not corrected, the muscles may remain tense for long periods of time. The result can be a very painful headache. While headaches are typically treated by a physician or neurologist, improper occlusion (your bite) may play a significant role in severe headaches as well as other head and neck pain.
Headaches are generally classified into several basic types: Sinus, Cluster, Tension and Migraine. If the indications are that your bite is a major factor, Dr. Dano may recommend a fabrication of a custom made orthotic—“A LITTLE PIECE OF PLASTIC, WHICH MIGHT MAKE YOUR HEADACHES DISAPPEAR”. At this point, nothing permanent is done to alter your teeth or your bite. You would wear this orthotic for a period of time to make sure the new bite position is correct before any consideration would be given to permanently altering your bite. After wearing this for a while, you and Dr. Dano will know for sure if the new bite position has resolved the headache problem. IF you are having headaches and suspicion that your bite might be the concern please call Dr. Dano to help you at 1-815-344-2264.
Bull Valley Dentistry
601 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL., 60050
Call (815) 344-2264 or visit www.bullvalleydentistry.com.