If you have frequent headaches and a doctor has determined that the cause may be a dental issue, you'll want to get in to see your dentist quickly so you can figure out what's causing them in your case. Below, you will learn about three of the most common dental issues known to bring on headaches.
Improper jaw alignment – There are many reasons your jaw may not be aligned properly. The shape of your teeth may throw the alignment off, you may be missing teeth, you may grind your teeth, or you may have a dislodged crown. No matter what the cause, having a misaligned jaw can cause you problems, with one of them being the onset of frequent headaches.
When your jaw isn't setting correctly it can cause an increase of pressure on certain areas and may even pull on muscles. This can lead to frequent headaches, as well as pain in your jaw. The treatment your dentist suggests will depend on the condition and the severity of the problem. Treatment may require reshaping your teeth, wearing a retainer, or wearing a night guard.
Abscessed tooth – The pulp of your tooth can get an infection, also called an abscess. An abscessed tooth can cause swelling along your jaw and this can cause it to become misaligned. Your face can also swell, leading to more pain. Many people also develop headaches with an infected tooth. If left untreated, the infection can spread and pose a serious health risk.
Your dentist will want to treat the infection immediately. The correct course of action for this will be to put you on a round of antibiotics. Make sure you complete the antibiotics and report to your dentist if your symptoms get worse. Once the infection is gone, the headaches and other pains should go away as well.
Injury – You may have recently inured your jaw. This could have caused misalignment and other problems with your jaw joint or the tendons surrounding it. The result can be a lot of pain as well as headaches.
The treatment will depend on the type of injury you sustained. It may include resting your jaw, wiring your jaw, or surgery.
If you have headaches you feel may be caused from dental issues, make an appointment to get in right away. The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you can enjoy relief from your headaches and other pains being caused from your condition.Share