How your teeth could be causing your headaches, migraines, and muscle pain
Headaches and migraines are no picnic, especially when they are chronic and severe. Perhaps you feel discouraged because you have tried relentlessly to resolve yours using various forms of pain relief, including over-the-counter NSAIDS, acupuncture or even dietary changes, but nothing works longterm. If this sounds familiar, then it might surprise you to discover that your teeth could be the real culprit behind your daily suffering. Here’s what you need to know.
Teeth that hurt
The structure and alignment of your teeth play a significant role in your oral health and physical well-being. Crooked, missing and broken teeth can all lead to a bad bite. When teeth no longer fit together, your jaw works harder during normal functions like chewing and biting. Misaligned teeth may also cause the onset of repetitive grinding and jaw clenching. This is how your body tries to cope, but instead it causes more problems, including:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Ear pain
- Neck or back pain
What treatment is available?
The dental treatment depends on the cause of your misalignment, but here are a few options:
- Crooked teeth require braces to move them back into proper alignment. There are many modern forms of braces today that are more comfortable, removable and nearly invisible while wearing them.
- Broken teeth can be fixed with a simple porcelain crown. Not only does this allow you to keep your existing tooth, but the crown also provides extra strength and protection from further damage. Since this replacement is custom-crafted to fit properly within your natural bite, it also helps to resolve your misalignment.
- Dental implants are the best resolution for missing teeth, because they provide a permanent solution and are the most similar to human teeth in both form and function. This method requires a greater time commitment, however, as your dentist needs to surgically implant a titanium post and then, after a few weeks to a couple of months for healing, a custom crown is placed on the post to put the finishing touches on your new, permanent tooth.
Contact your Santa Monica dentist, for a complimentary consultation. He or she will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw structure to help determine if your teeth may be the cause of your pain.