Headaches Caused by Dental Issues
Denver and Lakewood, Colorado
Chronic and persistent headaches are a problem for millions of Americans. Some take medication and others just suffer through it. It may surprise you to learn that far more headaches are dental in origin than most people realize. For example, bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching) and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) can both cause recurring headaches.
Grinding or clenching teeth at night affects many people that may unaware of the problem. Bruxism can severely damage the enamel of your teeth, which should to be fixed by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Greenhalgh. In addition, the strain on nerves and muscles caused by bruxism can lead to persistent headaches. Bruxism is a stress-related condition, but when the teeth fit together incorrectly, it can cause nighttime grinding and clenching
If you think bruxism may be causing your headaches, ask someone like a spouse or trusted friend to listen for grinding sounds while you sleep In fact, your spouse may already be aware of the problem If bruxism is affecting you, plan a consultation with general, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentist Dr. Greenhalgh about mouth guards or medical procedures to stop the grinding as well as the headaches.
TMD/TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Headaches may also be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which is when the jaw joint is out of placed or misaligned. Usually, this is the result of malocclusion, or a misaligned bite. Malocclusion puts the jaw bone in an unnatural, uncomfortable position, straining muscles, nerves, and the TMJ joint.
The key to eliminating TMD-related pain is to bring the jaw back into alignment. This can be done with neuromuscular techniques to relax the jaw muscles or with cosmetic dentistry techniques to fix the maloccluded bite. To find out if your headaches are the result of TMD, schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenhalgh, who has experience in TMJ relief.
Dr. Greenhalgh will talk with you about your choices will help you pick the most effective treatment plan for your needs. Dr. Greenhalgh has over 20 years of experience and is qualified and trained in providing relief for TMD-related pain and headaches.