Cutting-edge Headache and Migraine Pain Relief

McGill Orthodontics  is at the forefront of headache and migraine treatment today. We can expertly diagnose and treat a variety of headache and migraine pain causes.

Age and Wear Can Cause Headache and Migraine Pain

As the body ages, so does the bite. Natural teeth wear at different rates from years of dental work. For example, fillings and crowns, for example, can be made from amalgam, precious metals, ceramics, etc. and other materials. The different materials within your mouth wear at different rates and can cause improper alignment of the teeth which forces the muscles and tendons to work harder to compensate for the imbalances. As we age, joints and cartilage are reduced in thickness. This changes angles and forces within the overall dentomandibular region. As you grow older, your teeth and bite change, potentially causing many of the headache and jaw pain symptoms which can be treated by our TruDenta trained and equipped practice.
Face, Head, and Neck Pain – or Pain from Body Trauma

Vehicle accidents, sporting activities or even your baby bumping his/her head against yours can be causes of force related symptoms in the head, neck and jaw. The list of events that can cause head trauma is long. Current symptoms may have been created years ago by an event long since forgotten or dismissed as minor. Head, neck or jaw trauma can cause stretching or tearing of the ligaments and muscles along with other unseen and often undiagnosed dental force imbalances and impairment.

Pain as a Result of Previous Dental Repair and Orthodontics

Some of the causes of symptoms can be poor adaptation to completed dental work, aged restorative materials and, in some cases, from poor adaptation of the patient to orthodontic changes. Wisdom teeth extraction can also be a potential source of dental force related symptoms.

Stress, Diet, Posture & Frequent Computer Use can Create Dental Force Symptoms

If you lead a stress free life, congratulations! You are less likely to have dental force related symptoms in your head, neck and jaw. For the other 99% of the world, stress and poor posture (such as from sitting in front of a computer for hours or long commutes) can result in many of the symptoms outlined above. Weight gain and improper eating habits can also contribute to your head, neck and jaw pain.

If you are experiencing headaches, migraines, or any of the symptoms listed above, contact us today for a painless evaluation and examination utilizing our patented TruDenta diagnostic technologies.

About Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD / TMJ)

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Swelling on the sides of the face
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

Should you notice any of these symptoms, let us know. We can help indicate the presence of TMD with a proper diagnosis, using our cutting-edge diagnostic tools. After proper diagnosis, we can create an effective TMJ treatment just for you.

Managing TMD / TMJ Pain

There are measures you can take to prevent TMD/TMJ pain from becoming more severe, at least until you can be diagnosed and treated properly.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Relax your face — remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared

Expert Treatment for TMD/TMJ Pain

What would it do to your quality of life if you could eliminate most or all of your TMJ/TMD pain? If you are suffering from pain due to TMD it is time to have a talk with Dr. Harris or one of our experienced staff members about how Harris dental Arts can help you reduce or completely eliminate the pain. Call us today to set up an appointment.

Tinnitus – Ringing in the Ears

If you are experiencing intermittent or constant ringing in your ears, you may have Tinnitus. The symptoms of Tinnitus are relatively common and are believed to affect around 12 million Americans – with nearly 1 million of that group having to cope with severe Tinnitus symptoms on a regular basis.

What Causes Tinnitus Symptoms?

Tinnitus is often symptomatic of hearing loss, but there can be other conditions producing the symptoms. Characteristic of Tinnitus would be experiencing ringing in the ears, or sounds that aren’t really there – despite the fact that you can hear them. Tinnitus can occur in one or even both ears, and to varying degrees of severity. Tinnitus is a complex condition requiring expert diagnosis and treatment.

Tinnitus symptoms often include:

  • Ringing in and of the ears
  • Sounds such as clicks, whistling, or chirping
  • A Whooshing-like noise
  • Hissing sounds like white noise
  • Roaring and Pulsating sensations or noises

Factors that can contribute to tinnitus symptoms include:

  • Tumors
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Loud Noises
  • Allergy Problems
  • Hardening of Your Inner Ear Bones
  • Cardiovascular Problems
  • Poor Kidney Function
  • Head and/or Neck Injuries previously sustained
  • Side Effects from Your Prescribed Meds

To compound these issues, Tinnitus could be made worse if you have wax buildup, ruptured eardrum(s), or an inner ear infection.

We Offer Tinnitus Relief – Treatments that Work

Tinnitus conditions may not be curable, but the symptoms for tinnitus are treatable. Harris Dental Arts uses the most recent advances in dentistry and sports medicine for Tinnitus Treatment and Relief.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Tinnitus and you need relief, we can really help you. Contact us today for a painless tinnitus evaluation and examination utilizing our patented diagnostic technologies.