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Headaches services offered in Tucson, AZ

Headaches can get in the way of your normal routines and make it difficult to concentrate or relax. Residents of Tucson, Arizona, can rely on Nitalya Williams, DDS, and the team at Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry for top-quality care, including treatment for certain types of headaches. Book an appointment online or by phone today to learn more. 

Headaches Q&A

Are headaches a type of orofacial pain?

Orofacial pain is a dental subspecialty that focuses on pain disorders affecting the neck, head, face, mouth, and jaw. Headaches can fall under the umbrella of orofacial pain. 

Different types of headaches can create unique symptoms. For some, headache pain is a dull, throbbing pain that lasts a while. Other people experience sharp, stabbing pains that come and go. 

Headaches can persist no matter what you are doing or flare up when you are active or while chewing, swallowing, or speaking. Some people go through short periods of intense headaches, while others live with head pain for many years before finding relief. 

Everyone experiences an occasional headache, and there is usually no cause for concern. But if you have severe headaches or have symptoms that linger for days or weeks, it may be time for an evaluation and treatment planning. 

What could be causing my headaches?

Numerous issues can cause or contribute to headaches, sometimes making it challenging to reach a proper diagnosis. Some of the issues that might be causing your head pain include:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Migraines
  • Muscle spasms in your jaw, head, or neck
  • Nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Traumatic or sports injury to your face or jaw
  • Bone loss caused by advanced dental decay or gum disease
  • Infection
  • Destabilized bite
  • Missing teeth
  • Surgical complications

Determining the cause of your headaches is the first step toward relief. Don’t accept headaches as inevitable when treatments can help. 

How can a dentist help treat headaches?

When a dental health issue is to blame for your headaches, dental specialists can help resolve the issue. That process begins with a thorough diagnostic assessment, including advanced imaging, a physical exam, and a discussion of your symptoms. 

Your customized treatment plan seeks to correct any issues causing or worsening your orofacial pain. For some, this involves treating advanced dental decay or managing gum disease. Others benefit from orthodontics to improve their bite, taking pressure off teeth and bone. 

If issues like bruxism or TMJ are leading to headache pain, treatment might include wearing a custom-fitted night guard or oral appliance to protect teeth and improve jaw alignment during sleep. 

Regardless of how complex your dental needs may be, there is a solution to help. Begin the process by calling Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry to book a visit, or schedule online in moments.