Migraines can come in different forms and can hurt the quality of your life. If you get regular migraines, you certainly want to know how to stop them and return to enjoying your life without pain. In most cases, they accompany symptoms like:
Migraines have a variety of factors, including:
While various factors can cause migraines, in some cases, they may have something to do with issues in your oral cavity. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common cause of migraines.
The temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your lower jaw to the skull. They help you to perform certain oral functions like speaking, closing and opening the mouth, yawning, eating, and laughing without difficulty or discomfort.
For some reason, these joints can develop problems, resulting in mild to severe jaw pain, inflammation, and difficulties moving the jaw and mouth. TMJ pain can spread across these joints or muscles and travel to nearby structures, causing earaches, neck pain, and migraines.
Teeth grinding and clenching or bruxism are common causes of migraines. Chronic teeth grinding can cause excessive pressure and tension to your jaw muscles and joints, causing pain that can spread across the jaw to the skull, resulting in jaw pain, ear pain, tooth pain, and migraines.
Since bruxism mostly happens when asleep, most people may not know they do these things. Missing teeth or a misaligned bite can also cause pressure in the jaw and teeth, triggering migraines.
Common signs you may have underlying dental issues include:
If you suspect you have underlying dental issues that can cause migraines, visit our dentist near you for consultation. The dentist will examine your teeth, jaw, muscles, and mouth to determine the underlying problem and provide the necessary treatment.
Treating TMD can help prevent tightness, inflammation, and pain in jaw muscles and joints. It will also help prevent or stop the pain in the nearby structures like the neck, shoulders, and head.
If you have bruxism, the dentist can recommend dental devices. A custom mouth guard is a perfect preventive dental care appliance to minimize jaw pain, tooth damage, migraines, and other issues caused by teeth grinding. The mouth guard is worn over the upper or lower teeth, separating them from grinding against each other. It minimizes teeth damage, tooth pain, jaw stiffness and pain, and migraines.
If you have teeth misalignments like overcrowding, overbites, underbites, crossfires, and open bites, the dentist can recommend tooth extraction, surgery, and orthodontic treatments like traditional braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign to align your bite. You can replace missing teeth with dentures, dental bridges, or implants.
You can manage dental problems like bruxism and TMD by conservative measures like:
Do you think dental problems may cause your migraines? Visit our New Westminster dental clinic or contact Asante Dental Centre for more information.