Headache Relief in Southpark, NC
If you suffer from frequent headaches, you understand how debilitating they can be.
Living with headaches affects your performance during the day and can greatly reduce your quality of life. Many patients find it hard to get through their normal daily activities because of the intensity of their migraines or headaches.
Most people have not considered talking with their dentist about their headaches, but often this pain stems from the mouth. Dr. Heather Gentry has experience in helping patients with issues such as clenching and grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), all of which can cause chronic headaches for patients.
Give us a call so we can help get the cause of your chronic headache pain.
What Is Bruxism?
Many patients chronically clench or grind their teeth at night, a condition which is known as bruxism. Our jaw muscles are very powerful, and believe it or not, they can create a lot of pressure while you’re sleeping. Not only does this cause painful headaches, it can also cause excessive wear or fractures to your teeth.
In addition to headaches, other signs of bruxism include:
- Facial pain
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles and tendons
- Worn-down teeth
- Broken teeth
- Fractured fillings
Once the teeth-grinding stops, most of these symptoms will disappear.
The problem is, you may not even be aware that you suffer from bruxism because it happens while you’re asleep. Your bed partner may be able to hear you grinding your teeth; however, most patients are not aware of their condition. For this reason, it’s important to let Dr. Gentry know about your headaches so she can help determine if bruxism is the culprit.
What Is an Occlusal Guard?
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism, Dr. Gentry will offer solutions. Often, this includes different types of customized occlusal guards, or mouth guards, based on your individual needs. These can be worn comfortably at night while you sleep, and they help relax your muscles, which reduces bruxing throughout the night.
They’re typically made of a durable plastic, which fits over your teeth and protects them from the damage caused by bruxism. Mouth guards may also reduce the occurrence of headaches.
Contact Our Charlotte Dental Office
If you suffer from frequent headaches and have tried other treatments for relief with little to no success, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss some options with Dr. Gentry for headache relief. Many patients are achieving success in reducing or eliminating their headaches with mouth guards or oral appliances, and you also deserve to reclaim your life.
Wouldn’t it be great to live headache free once again? Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you.