Do you wake up with a headache, get one after your commute to work, or find yourself in pain at the end of the day? It could be caused by stress in the jaw muscles, radiating into the TMJ area, face, neck and shoulders. Stress alone is a huge factor as to whether or not we get headaches, and many people clench or grind their teeth together, making the muscle related pain even worse.
Wearing a TMJ splint or bite guard can help prevent these headaches from happening. How? Because the splint keeps the jaws slightly apart from one another, disengaging the jaw muscles. In turn, this prevents muscle strain throughout the rest of the head and face. Splints can be worn when you sleep, drive, or if you work at a desk where you have some alone time throughout the day.
Having a splint made is relatively simple. After taking an impression of your teeth, your dentist will create a model of your mouth and then form a splint to fit precisely over your teeth. This splint will stay snuggly in place until you take it out on purpose, such as after you wake up or to answer a phone call. Most people experience pain relief in the first few days of wearing their splint, simply because of the relaxation and rest that it provides to the muscles.
It’s important to address the cause of your headaches not only for your comfort, but also for the health of your teeth. Otherwise the excessive tension will also cause damage to your teeth and any restorations that you may have.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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