Headaches and Migraines


Do you experience frequent headaches and migraines? Does your jaw often hurt or make noise when you chew? If so, problems with your jaw and teeth may be causing your pain. The good news is that your dentist can help relieve migraines, headaches, muscle pain and discomfort. Learn more about the causes of headaches and migraines to see how dental care can reduce pain, and call Red Bank Smiles at 732-741-1052 to schedule a consultation today.

What Causes Migraines and Headaches?

While it might surprise you, headache pain often starts in the mouth. Sometimes the cause can be bruxism, the excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth, particularly when you’re sleeping. This can cause wear to your jaw and your teeth, as well as severe headaches. If you frequently wake up with headaches, earaches, toothaches or facial pain, grinding your teeth at night might be the root of your problem.

Other times, you’re feeling pain because your teeth and joints are not in harmony. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is easily damaged, even by the position of your teeth. This disharmony may ultimately harm the complex joints in your jaw, causing headaches and pain and even creating the need for frequent trips to the dentist. However, Red Bank Smiles can help resolve these problems with a number of solutions, including night guards, splints, and Botox.

Night Guards

Night guards can help treat your bruxism, which will prevent sore and tight jaw muscles, migraines and headaches, facial pain and flattened or cracked teeth. They are custom-fit to your mouth and intended to be worn while you sleep. The device sits directly over your teeth, similar to a mouth guard used in sports, and prevents teeth from grinding against each other in the middle of the night. This can help you sleep better, keep your teeth healthy, and stop you from waking up with a headache or facial pain.

TMJ Splints

A TMJ splint is also designed to help protect your teeth, jaw joint, and muscles. Splints support and stabilize the joints and muscles to prevent your teeth from positioning incorrectly when your jaw is closed, also known as malocclusion. Splints provide more vertical support than a night guard and are intended to move your lower jaw into a more natural position to help reduce headaches and pain.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Klayman may recommend a permissive or nonpermissive splint. Permissive splints are the most common type, allowing the muscles to seat the jaw joints in their sockets to prevent joint disharmony and achieve a more balanced resting state. Nonpermissive splints are designed with ramps or indentations that limit movement to prevent full seating of your jaw and position the jawbone forward when your mouth is closed. This helps condition your jaw into a more comfortable and natural position.


When night guards and splints are not effective, Botox offers a possible solution. Botox is injected into the face muscles to provide instant relief. It can also be used to retrain muscles for dentures and other types of restorative treatments. These injections are made from botulinum neurotoxin proteins and are a safe, temporary way to relax facial muscles to provide relief for your mouth and jaw. Botox injections also have the additional benefit of smoothing fine lines and wrinkles in the face and mouth, which can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence.

Find Relief from Headaches

When over-the-counter medications can’t provide relief, your dentist can treat migraines and other headaches to eliminate pain today and in the future. At Red Bank Smiles, Dr. Klayman and his team will do everything possible to put you at ease, explain your treatment options, and deliver the quality care needed to stop headache pain. Schedule your appointment online now to get started.

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