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By Dr. Alice Charland Bassford D.M.D. M.A.G.D.
April 04, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Headaches   migraines  

Find out if your symptoms are caused by a headache or whether a migraine could be to blame.headaches

Your head is throbbing. You can’t concentrate at work. You wish you could just close the door to your office a lie down. Does this scenario sound familiar? It might be if you deal with headaches. Of course, have you always wondered whether your symptoms are just that of a regular headache or something more serious like a migraine? Our Silver Spring, MD, family dentist, Dr. Alice Charland Bassford, provides insight into the difference between these two conditions and how she might be able to provide relief.

Headaches

While a headache will certainly cause an aching pain it can also cause pressure. While you may notice that your headache originates more along the temples or forehead it will often show up on both sides. Headaches can last a couple of hours or even days. Tension is often the cause of headaches, but stress and sinus problems may also be to blame.

Migraines

Unlike headaches, which can be mild, migraines are characterized by severe and sometimes debilitating pain. Along with extreme pain you may also experience pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound or light, or blurry vision. Migraines are also more likely to just affect one side of the head rather than both.

How can a dentist help manage your symptoms?

You might not think about it, but our Silver Spring dentist can actually help treat your headaches and migraines. How? When you come in for a consultation we will be able to examine your teeth and jaws to determine whether misaligned teeth, a TMJ disorder (a problem that affects the jaw joint) or a bad bite (malocclusion) could be causing your recurring symptoms. Depending on the cause of your pain, we will determine whether dental appliances, jaw exercises, orthodontics or other conservative options can finally provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for.

If your headache could be due to tension or a TMJ disorder then it’s time you called our Silver Spring, MD, dental office today at (301) 593-5500 to schedule an appointment. Let’s finally provide you with the relief you need to say goodbye to your headaches!

Here is our patient questionnaire on Head Health History.