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Your Headaches Might be a Dental Problem

August 17, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Jason Keledjian
Headache | Madera CA Dentist

Do you wake up with headaches? Do you have headaches more than once or twice a month? Are your facial muscles sore or tender throughout the day? You might be suffering from headaches related to your teeth and jaw.

Your head is a complex system of bones, muscles, and joints. Your teeth are part of that system and may be the cause of your headaches and neck pain. Has your partner ever told you that you clench or grind your teeth? Are your teeth sensitive to cold beverages or air? Do you often feel like you don’t get enough rest?

If this sounds like you, we should evaluate you for bruxism. Bruxism is excessive grinding of your teeth and can cause jaw pain, as well as headaches. Many people grind their teeth while they sleep, but daytime grinding is common, too, especially for people who have high stress jobs or who are taking certain types of medications.

At Keledjian Dental, we understand that headaches can ruin your quality of life and make you feel exhausted, sore, and miserable. That is why we offer custom nightguards and dental splints to relieve your symptoms.

How do nightguards work?

Wearing a splint while you sleep, or even while you’re working, exercising, or driving, can help to relax your jaw and prevent you from grinding your teeth. Excessive teeth grinding for long periods of time can have damaging repercussions including broken teeth, worn teeth, cracked teeth, and severe jaw problems. A nightguard is an easy way to address the problem without the need for surgery or major dental restorations. 

Our splints and nightguards work by creating a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. We also adjust them in such a way that helps your jaw to relax and relieve your tension headaches, muscle pain, and sensitivity.

Contact our Madera, CA office to learn more about what we can do for you.

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