If you suffer from headaches or migraines, we may be able to help. You probably haven’t thought about seeking advice from a dentist, but sometimes, migraines and persistent headaches are caused by grinding and clenching the teeth. If you’re struggling with headaches, and you’ve tried everything, we may just have the solution.
Bruxism is the medical name for grinding the teeth. In the vast majority of cases, this is a subconscious action, which occurs when the top and bottom arches clash together while you’re sleep as a result of movement of the jaw joints. When you grind your teeth, you tend to be asleep, so you may not even not that you do it.
Bruxism is one of the most common causes of TMJ disorder, a symptom of which is chronic headaches. TMJ disorder affects the TMJ, the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint, which joins your lower jaw to your skull. Other symptoms include stiffness in the jaw, clicking or popping noises, and a limited range of movement. You may find that pain is worse in the mornings. If you do grind your teeth, you may also notice signs of wear and tear on your teeth. Your teeth may feel weaker than normal, and the surfaces may appear worn and uneven.
If you grind your teeth, and it’s affecting your health, we are here to help. We can prevent bruxism by using custom-made bite guard devices, which are designed to prevent contact between the upper and lower arches of teeth. The guard is designed to fit your mouth perfectly, and all you have to do is wear it while you sleep. In some cases, bruxism may be associated with loose or broken crowns or bridges and orthodontic issues. If we find evidence of underlying dental issues, we will treat these as a priority.
Headaches can make life miserable. If you struggle with migraines or you can never seem to shake off a headache, we’d like to try and help. Call us today and book a consultation, and we’ll do our best to have you fighting fit again in no time.
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