Wake Up Without the Headaches with Our Help
You’ve tried to change your sleep schedule.
You’ve committed to staying off your phone, your tablet, and your computer at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
And yet, no matter what you do, you still wake up with headaches much more often than you would like.
While we applaud your efforts, our team at Hillstream Dental also wants to help. Our dentists in Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores, MI, may have a solution for your recurring headache problems.
Teeth grinding is one of the most common causes of TMJ disorders . And what’s one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ problem? Frequent headaches.
If this seems familiar to you, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment either of our locations as soon as you are able. Contact us online or call the number at the top of this page for the office that’s most convenient for you.
From Teeth Grinding to Headaches
In order to determine if you may be a teeth grinder, we would need to conduct an in-person examination of your teeth and jaw.
But for now, let’s assume for a moment that you are one of the tens of millions of Americans who grind or clench their teeth together at night. You may be wondering how this can lead to headaches?
Start by finding your jaw. Place your fingers just below your ears and open and close your mouth. You will probably be able to feel your temporomandibular joints (a.k.a. your TMJ) on each side of your face.
Their location is part of the reason they can contribute to head pain.
When people with healthy sets of teeth bite down, they can generate 200 to 250 pounds of pressure on average. Even when they do generate that much force, it’s typically only for a few seconds when they are biting into a hard or crunchy food.
Compare that to the kinds of forces created by clenching and grinding. Researchers have frequently measured nighttime teeth grinders generating 500 pounds of pressure or more. And since this is happening while people sleep, they may create that force for hours each night.
That cause wear and tear on their teeth. It also puts added strain on the jaw joints as well as muscles and other tissues near those joints.
For those reason, nighttime teeth grinders often complain of headaches, earaches, and jaw pain in the mornings. Other symptoms can include clicking or popping noises when opening or close your mouth, stiffness when moving your jaw, and soreness in your face, neck, shoulders, or upper back.
What You Can Do About It
You can start by making an appointment at either Hillstream Dental location. Many people are not aware that they are teeth grinders. We estimate that as many as 3 in every 10 people who visit us have this problem.
Treating teeth grinding often takes a multifaceted approach. Stress, smoking, and caffeine consumption all can affect teeth grinding. So can issues like arthritis and traumatic injuries that may affect the alignment of your jaw.
Often our first step is addressing the most immediate problem, which is how grinding can wear down the enamel of your teeth. This can leave you more likely to develop tooth decay, tooth infections, and gum disease.
By creating a special oral appliance, we can create a barrier between your top and bottom rows of teeth. This will prevent you from grinding them together and causing more damage.
This appliance also can adjust the resting position of your jaw, which can help alleviate some of the pressure you have been generating by your grinding.
But again, keep in mind, that you may need to practice muscle relaxation therapy for the muscles near your face and jaw. You also may want to look into ways to alleviate or manage the stress in your life.
And if you have a physical issue contributing to your teeth grinding, we can discuss ways to address that, too.
Get Some Relief
You don’t deserve to suffer on a daily basis.
Our team can help ease your pain. But you have to take the first step. You have to make an appointment at our office in St. Clair Shores or Rochester Hills, MI. You can call 248-266-2528 or contact us online .