Can a Dentist Near Me Help With My Headaches?

Posted on: May 4, 2015

Dentist Near Me“I am looking for a dentist near me to help treat my headaches.  Can you help?”  This is a question that we are asked from time to time, and the answer is it depends on what is causing your headaches in the first place.  Many people are unaware that headaches are often related to what is happening with your mouth and jaw.  This is because you have joints that connect your jawbone to the rest of your head.  Understandably if something happens to your jaw, you will feel it elsewhere. Sometimes this manifests itself as a headache or face pain in addition to giving you a sore jaw.

There are some indications that your headache may be related to the health of your jaw.  The first thing to consider is whether or not you feel sore when eating.  If you find that eating certain foods causes discomfort or if your jaw is sore when you eat too much, sing, talk a lot, etc., you may have an oral health issue that needs to be addressed.  These symptoms are often indicative of TMJ or of simply grinding and clenching your teeth at night.  As a dentist, we have found that a lot of people hold or clench their teeth together during the day because they think they are supposed to – you’re not.  You should actually try to relax your jaw as much as possible to prevent tension and discomfort.  

How can a dentist near me help to alleviate my jaw pain?

As a dentist, we can examine you and determine if your headaches are related to TMJ or your jaw.  One way to tell will be to examine your teeth for signs of wear.  If you are grinding or clenching your teeth at night, your teeth will probably show it. Your restorations may also appear to be worn or even damaged if you are grinding them on a regular basis.  This is important for us to know because we want to protect your teeth in addition to treating your headaches.  We don’t want you to experience any unnecessary sensitivity and grinding your teeth down will cause it.  Fortunately, we have a simple solution that you can use to obtain relief from your jaw pain and headaches.

What tools are used by a dentist near me to provide relief for the face pain I am experiencing?

If you are grinding or clenching your teeth, we can have you fitted for a mouth guard.  This is a simple solution that looks like a full retainer.  It is designed to fit your mouth perfectly so that it is comfortable to wear while you sleep.  By simply placing it in your mouth at bedtime, you can prevent your teeth from directly touching each other.  This forces your jaw into a relaxed state so that when you wake up you are unlikely to have a headache or any other type of discomfort.  While simple, this solution can provide the headache relief you are looking for.

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