Has your doctor diagnosed you with migraines? Or perhaps you’ve been informed that your frequent headaches are stress-induced. If either is the case, then the cause could potentially be traced to a problem with your jaw. A bite splint may help.

The dentists of Marconi Dental Group have had great success in treating migraine sufferers with custom bite splints. Here’s how it works:

How Your Headaches Start

Head pain could be connected to conditions like TMJ disorder. Your jaw is a complex joint attached to many different muscles. If these muscles are overworked or not being worked evenly, then this can cause a lot of tension and even pain in the jaw. This discomfort may be what translates to your headache or migraine through muscle tension.

So what could be causing your jaw to be working overtime? The biggest cause is called bruxism. Bruxism is the tight clenching and grinding of your teeth. This most frequently happens while you’re sleeping, so you may not be aware that you do it. Applying so much pressure on your teeth, even subconsciously, causes a lot of tension on your jaw joint and muscles.

When you visit Marconi, a thorough dental exam will reveal signs of bruxism (if you do suffer from it) including:

  • Worn or fractured teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity

A bite splint may be just what you need to prevent such problems!

Preventing Jaw Issues with a Splint

A small acrylic splint is tailored to fit between the top and bottom rows of your front teeth. This splint is designed to snap securely onto your lower or upper teeth. It won’t come off while you sleep, especially if your teeth tend to clench together at night!

The splint keeps your teeth from contacting each other while you sleep, protecting them from forces that cause wear and fractures. A splint also limits how far your jaw will close so that the muscles do not fully tense, creating pain through the face. Blocking the unhealthy movement of your jaw could be the key to reducing or even eliminating your migraines altogether.

A Drug-Free Treatment Option

When it comes to addressing your headaches, would you prefer to address the symptoms or treat the cause?

Most would agree that reaching the heart of the problem would produce more effective results, not to mention stop it altogether. Medication comes in handy for reducing pain and inflammation, but do you really want to be dependent upon it if you don’t have to be? It’s worth it for you to at least consider the possibility of how TMJ issues may contribute to your discomfort.

Migraine Treatment from Carmichael Dental Experts

With many combined years of experience in treating TMJ disorder, the dentists at Marconi Dental Group have your best interests at heart. They recommend that after discussing your head pain with your doctor, address possible dental problems that can put stress on your jaw. Your pain shouldn’t wait – book a consultation today!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.