A Dental Solution For Headaches
- Posted on: Aug 24 2016
Welcome to another August edition of the Clear Lake Dental Care blog!
We hope you have found plenty of reasons to smile this summer. We know that can be a hard thing to do when you are living with near-constant headaches.
Even if you have not had any luck going to the doctor or popping pain medication. There is still hope for you. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that a dentist like our own Dr. Das can help you alleviate your headache pain.
After closer inspection, many of our patients find that their headaches are actually linked to their teeth.
And more importantly, we often uncover an issue with the temporomandibular joint (aka TMJ)! That’s why today, we want to look at the correlation between headaches and your oral health.
Keep reading to learn more, and then be sure to get in touch with our Webster, Texas dentist’s office to schedule your consultation.
Headaches Will Disrupt Your Life
It goes without saying that when you are in agony, you simply cannot function like you normally would. As such, your work suffers, your interpersonal relationships become strained, and your overall health is at risk.
All this is why it is so important to get to the bottom of things so that you can get the appropriate care for restoring your life.
Stress Adds To The Mess
Stress often the root problem behind the mysterious headaches.
Here’s why: your headaches can be actually a result of pain in your TMJ that is due to grinding or clenching your teeth.
Experiencing stress leads you to hold tension in your jaw (a condition known as bruxism), which puts undue strain on your TMJ and in turn brings about the headache.
Like it or not, you will become more stressed from the omnipresent headaches, which will lead to even more tension, more bruxism, and more agony for you!
When we are treating TMJ pain, and addressing the stress that causes it, we always start with the more conservative treatment options and go from there until we find a solution that alleviates your pain.
Our solutions include the following…
We encourage relaxation by teaching simple exercises that can be performed throughout the day. The goal is to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth.
If you’re unable to relax your jaw during the day, it might be time to consider a mouthguard. This will help a lot.
Truth be told, bruxism mostly occurs at night while you are fast asleep. As such, nightguards are a great way to ease the tension in your mouth.
Special Dental Solutions
Here’s the thing: your bruxism and/or TMJ pain may not be related to stress at all. You may grind your teeth or feel TMJ pain because your teeth are not properly aligned, or because you are missing a tooth. In such cases, we can provide dental treatment, like an implant, Invisalign clear braces, or a dental crown to help you overcome TMJ pain.
Get Started Now!
At Clear Lake Dental Care we want to help you work through your headaches. Contact us today to learn more and get started with treatment!
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