Why do I have a headache when I wake up every morning?

Chronic headaches can cause frustration and interfere with a patient’s quality of life. Frequently occurring headaches, especially ones that occur as the patient wakes up, maybe a sign of teeth grinding or complex issues affecting the temporomandibular joint, also known as TMD. Patients with chronic headaches often simultaneously experience jaw pain, tension in the facial muscles, ear pain, or neck pain.

TMJ is a chronic condition that can worsen when left untreated. TMJ can also affect a patient’s oral health and may cause damage to the teeth and gums. Advanced TMD causes excessive wear on the teeth as well as an increased risk of developing gum disease. Long-term, TMJ can affect patients’ sleep, negatively impacting their quality of life and ability to focus and excel.

Treating TMJ Headaches

By the time patients visit a dentist for their TMJ, they may be frustrated by headaches that do not respond to symptomatic treatment options. Headaches caused by underlying dental problems require the attention of a dentist trained in TMJ treatment. Dr. Ahrabi treats TMJ headaches with a proper and precise diagnosis.

Dr. Ahrabi is an experienced and highly trained fellow of the LVI Global school of advanced dentistry. He has completed many hours of advanced education courses focused on the diagnosis and treatment of jaw disorders. He offers comprehensive and personalized treatment options that target the cause of complex bite disorders. Dr. Ahrabi provides a thorough bite analysis and an overall oral health review for determining the precise cause of malocclusion. Accurate diagnosis allows for effective treatment of TMJ-related headaches.

Crooked teeth or a misalignment of the jaw are common causes of TMJ. Without proper alignment, the function of the jaw becomes compromised and can cause tension and other painful symptoms. Dr. Ahrabi is an Oakton, VA certified Invisalign provider. Invisalign is a discreet and effective way to bring the jaw and teeth back into alignment. Invisalign uses clear aligners to gradually and comfortably realigned teeth. Many patients with TMJ find relief from their TMJ symptoms upon the completion of their Invisalign treatment.

Areas We Serve

If you are experiencing chronic headaches, you do not have to continue to suffer. Dr. Ahrabi can help alleviate your TMJ-related headaches through comprehensive and personalized diagnosis and treatment. We welcome new and returning patients of all ages. We proudly serve patients in Oakton, VA, and all surrounding communities. Led by Dr. Ahrabi, our team has built a dental care practice that is patient-focused, welcoming, and family oriented. We provide modern, comprehensive, and personalized family and cosmetic dental care. Through patient education, we encourage honest communication and build positive, lifelong patient-dentist relationships.

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