Headaches are nothing new for Americans. A look around your local drug store will reveal many different brands of pain relievers with specific varieties to treat different types of headaches. From a general headache, a sinus headache, an allergy related headache, to migraines there is a different medication for each type. Many people, however, don’t want medication to be their only option, and even more have found that they have taken meds for their headaches for so long that they are no longer as effective as they used to be. What many people don’t know is that often a dental issue is the root cause of their chronic headaches and that drug free headache prevention may be as close as their dentist’s office.
Many people are not aware that they have a malocclusion, or “bad bite.” This means that a person’s jaw is not properly aligned. When the jaw is out of alignment, it can put an increased pressure on one side of the jaw. Even a slight misalignment can cause significant headaches, and for those who are unaware that they have a bad bite they are treating their headache pain but not the root issue. By correcting the issue of a bad bite many headaches can be relieved and prevented.
Grinding and clenching of the teeth can also cause chronic headaches. Often, people are unaware that they grind or clinch their teeth because it is done while they sleep. A dentist knows the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding and clenching and can help diagnose patients of this habit. For most people whose headaches stem from grinding and clenching, they find a great solution to their chronic headaches in the form of custom mouth guards.
If you suffer from chronic headaches and are tired of taking pill after pill to mask the pain, make an appointment with your dentist. Instead of treating the symptoms, let your dentist offer a drug free solution.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
Are chronic headaches and migraines interfering with your daily responsibilities? Although many people do not realize it, the source of some types of headaches originates from excess tension in muscles that originate around the jaw and radiate into the head, neck, and shoulders. Gritting, clenching, and grinding the teeth together or TMJ symptoms may be a signal that these headaches are being caused by oral factors.
Small, removable splint type devices are one of the most effective ways to ease muscle tension, reduce TMJ discomfort, and eliminate headaches caused by clenching. These custom-made prosthesis offer drug free headache prevention by helpint to move the jaw into a relaxed, resting position. This also causes the muscles to relax, and reduces tightness and discomfort that often radiates into the temples, face, or forehead. A jaw that is at rest should be in a position where the teeth are slightly apart, yet the lips are closed together. Splints are comfortable to wear and are a natural, preventive approach to eliminating chronic headaches.
A clinical examination with your dentist can pinpoint areas of muscle tension and dental wear to determine whether or not an oral appliance may be successful for your specific type of headache relief. Splints are made to endure long-term wear and tear, protecting the teeth from premature wear against themselves. They make a wonderful investment not only in providing headache relief, but also preventing damage to existing dental restorations that might otherwise be worn down or broken by chronic grinding.
Bite splints can be worn during the day or when you sleep, depending on when your headaches typically occur. Let your dentist know how frequently you suffer from headaches to find out if splint therapy is an effective treatment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
Problems associated with TMJ Disorder, or teeth clenching are sometimes most evident early in the morning. People who are experiencing stressful life events such as loss of a job, death of a family member, or other major event may find that they are waking up in the mornings with very sore or tense muscles of the jaw. This pain can radiate into the ear, mouth, neck and shoulders if it is severe enough. While reduction in stress can eliminate the pain over time, sometimes these tendencies become chronic. Long term grinding or clenching can damage the joint area as well as cause premature or abnormal wear of the teeth.
Sleeping with a professionally fitted mouth guard can prevent the TMJ area from becoming strained, and eliminate advanced wear from occurring. What a bite guard does is slightly move the lower jaw into a resting position. This prevents teeth from clenching or wearing together, and positions the jaw joint in a way that does not strain the muscles. When the jaw is completely closed, it strains the muscles to the full extent, and can damage the disc within the joint. Not to mention that teeth often become worn flat, develop sharp edges, or may even become fractured if grinding is severe enough.
There are different types of bite guards available depending on your needs and preferences. Most guards are easily made by your dentist for same-day pickup. The benefits of a custom fitted guard compared to an over-the-counter guard is that the snug fit will comfortably stay in place throughout the night, without becoming cumbersome to wear. They also last much longer as it is almost impossible to wear through the material.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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