Headache Relief in Southpark, NC

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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 issues with the mouth. Dr. Heather Gentry has experience in helping patients with habits such as clenching and grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), all of which can cause chronic headaches for patients. 

We invite you to contact our Charlotte, NC dental office to learn more about chronic headache pain. Let us help get to the cause of your chronic headache pain, offer solutions to treat it, and give you back your quality of life.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the term used for chronic teeth grinding or clenching. People who do it are often unaware they are doing it unless a sleep partner alerts them, their teeth begin to show wear and fractures, or they wake up with painful headaches in the morning. The jaws muscles can exert a surprising amount of pressure—even when you are sleeping—and can cause a lot of damage.

Signs of bruxism can include any of the following:

  • Facial pain
  • Earaches
  • 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.

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.

woman at dental exam | charlotte ncThey’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.

She can also provide you with advice on relaxation techniques to help reduce stress. This can also help eliminate your teeth-grinding and clenching.

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 Dr. Gentry can help you.