Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? You’ve probably tried just about everything to figure out what is causing them so you can eliminate them. Chronic headaches are a debilitating condition and can really reduce your quality of life.
Have you ever discussed your migraines with a dentist? You may not realize this, but migraines and tension headaches can actually be the sign of an ongoing dental problem called bruxism – chronic grinding and clenching of the teeth.
If you forcefully grind and clench your teeth while you sleep, that habit may be the cause of chronic tension headaches and migraines. As you grind your teeth and clench your jaws with intense force, an extreme amount of pressure is placed on your molars and canines. We can relieve the tension with a simple device called an nightguard.
This device is worn while you sleep and relaxes your jaws into a neutral position that prevents the back teeth from coming together and relieves the pressure on the jaw muscles. To get an idea of how it works, put your fingers to your temples and apply a bit of pressure. Feel the muscle tighten? It’s thought that the constant tension caused by clenched teeth fires off the nerves, which then leads to the painful headaches.
If you have been struggling with headaches, please call our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Copulos can look for the signs that indicate that you’ve been grinding or clenching your teeth and determine whether a nightguard is right for you.