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By Elmer A. Villalon, DDS
August 01, 2017
Category: Medical Conditions
Tags: headaches  

Most adults experience an occasional headache and over-the-counter pain relievers and rest are often sufficient to alleviate any headachesdiscomfort. However, headaches caused by specific conditions, such as toothaches or Temporomandibular Disorders, can require specific pain management techniques. Your dentist can help with head and face pain related to such conditions. In Pueblo, CO, face pain and headache pain management is provided by dentist Dr. Elmer Villalon.

Causes of Headaches & Face Pain

Face pain and headaches can be caused by a variety of conditions, including migraines, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) and Myalgia of the face and neck. Headaches can also be associated with toothache pain. Pain management techniques might differ depending on the specific cause of the face pain or headache.

TMDs are related to the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull on either side of the face. Individuals with disorders of the temporomandibular joints often experience pain and discomfort in the jaw area, as well as headaches. Developing the right treatment approach for the TMD can ultimately alleviate the headaches associated with it. Your dentist can develop an appropriate treatment and pain management plan for you.

Face pain can develop in patients with Myalgia of the face and neck. Individuals with this condition experience pain in the neck and facial muscles. A dentist experienced in orofacial pain medicine can develop a treatment plan to help you effectively manage any face pain. In Pueblo, Dr. Villalon is your dentist for orofacial pain medicine and Temporomandibular Disorders.

There can be many causes of headaches or face pain. Some types of secondary headaches caused by specific oral or facial conditions, such as Myalgia or a TMD, can be treated by a dentist with experience in these areas, such as Dr. Villalon. For management of headaches and face pain in Pueblo, schedule an appointment with Dr. Villalon by calling the office at (719) 542-7844.

By Elmer A. Villalon, DDS
January 13, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: headaches  

Do you suffer from chronic headache pain? Although nearly everyone gets a headache occasionally, frequent headaches can interfere headacheswith both your personal and social life. Dr. Elmer Villalon, your Pueblo, CO dentist, shares information about chronic headaches and explains what you can do to relieve them.

What are chronic headaches?

Chronic headaches occur 15 or more days per month. Common types of chronic headaches include:

  • Muscle Tension: Tension headaches are often called "hat band" headaches because these headaches cause dull pain and tightness that wraps around your head from your forehead to the back of your head, just like a hat band. The headaches occur when your scalp and neck muscles tighten due to stress, anxiety, hunger, lack of sleep or poor posture.
  • Migraines: Migraine headaches cause hours or days of intense pain and may also increase your sensitivity to light and sound. They're often triggered by hormonal fluctuations on women, caffeine, tobacco, weather changes, medications, food additives or bright lights.
  • Cluster Headaches: If you suffer from cluster headaches, you may experience multiple headaches in one day. The headaches are characterized by excruciating pain on side of your head. Cluster headaches are more common in the spring and fall, but can occur chronically in some people.
  • Dental Headaches: Problems with your bite can strain the muscles in your face and head, causing chronic headaches. Bite issues can occur if your teeth aren't aligned properly or you have lost a tooth.

How can I relieve the pain of chronic headaches?

Over-the-counter pain relievers, massage, ice packs and even lifestyle changes can be helpful in relieving headache pain. When these measures don't work, medications can be prescribed to ease muscle tension and reduce the symptoms of migraines and cluster headaches. If your chronic headaches are caused by bite problems, your Pueblo dentist can offer a variety of treatments to improve your condition, including braces or dental bridges.

There is hope for your chronic headaches! Call Dr. Villalon, your Pueblo, CO dentist, at (719) 542-7844 to schedule an appointment. Headache pain doesn't have to slow you down.