While migraines, tension headaches, teeth grinding/clenching and TMJ/TMD problems are all separate conditions, they can all bring misery to the people who suffer from them. Now, science is discovering that there is a common culprit for many cases of these and other conditions: the trigeminal nerve system.
Oftentimes, when your bite is imbalanced, the surrounding muscles will work harder each time you chew, swallow and even yawn, which may cause muscle spasms, pain, jaw popping and other symptoms. This imbalance can cause a the trigeminal nerve system to malfunction, misinterpreting normal signals to your brain. For example, the simple change in blood pressure around your brain during a heartbeat can be interpreted as a “pounding” sensation, or the input of bright light can elicit a painful response.
TruDenta® combines approaches from several medical fields, including dentistry, sports medicine and more, in order to correct this imbalance of forces on the head and alleviate symptoms.
If you suffer from any of the following, the TruDenta system be beneficial for you.
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Pain in the neck, shoulder and/or back
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Clicking in the jaw
- Locking jaw or limited movement in the jaw
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Pain in the teeth
- Numbness in fingers and arms
- Congestion of the ears
Types of Headaches
Not all headaches are created equal, but the TruDenta system can have a greatly beneficial effect on several varieties of headache, including:
- Tension Headaches: the most common type, this headache is commonly felt around the neck and sides of the head, usually from a tightening of facial and neck muscles.
- Inflammatory Headaches: these are caused swelling, or inflammation, in the neck, jaw or head.
- Traction Headaches: When pain-sensitive areas are moved, agitated or otherwise displaced, these headaches can be the result. Sometimes, the forces that cause these headaches, such as eye strain or whiplash, may not even be strong enough to be noticed.
- Vascular Headaches: Also known as migraines or cluster headaches, these often severe headaches are usually accompanied by other severe symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to lights and sounds, dizziness, etc.
Causes of Headaches
The causes of headaches can be varied, and indeed, there can even be several different causes simultaneously, including:
- Injuries – even small bumps or blows can disrupt the balance of facial muscles enough to cause pain
- Dentistry – teeth extractions, new or improper dental work, and other dental procedures could contribute to headaches
- Lifestyle – many of the factors that contribute to poor overall health, such as excessive alcohol or tobacco, lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, or consistent overexposure to bright lights and loud sounds – can also be to blame for head pain
- Age – teeth continually shift as we age, and if the new position puts your head and facial muscles out of balance, it could be a root of headaches