Tooth Grinding Causing Headaches

According to studies, morning headaches may be a symptom of bruxism, or tooth grinding. Because it often occurs during sleep, tooth grinding can easily go unnoticed unless a sleep partner hears the grinding sound. However, bruxism can have serious consequences. Teeth and dental restorations can be damaged or even lost. Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, offers treatments that can address tooth grinding and help you enjoy more restful sleep.

Bruxism can be associated with stress, misaligned teeth, missing teeth or certain sleep disorders. Symptoms can include not only morning headaches but also jaw soreness, mouth pain and dental trauma, such as chipped or fractured teeth. Although dental enamel is extremely strong, the powerful bite forces that regularly occur with bruxism can create stress fractures, chip or loosen restorations and wear down teeth.

Protective mouth guards can provide immediate relief from the damage of bruxism by cushioning teeth and preventing grinding. Patients may also need to make lifestyle adjustments to address any underlying conditions or issues that may be causing or contributing to the grinding. This can include relaxation exercises, medications to treat GERD, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Frame offers custom-fit mouth guards that can alleviate your bruxism. He can also make recommendations for your personalized treatment plan. Because morning headaches are often associated with other dental or oral health conditions, an evaluation is necessary for an accurate diagnosis. Contact our office today to find out more or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in dental exam in Santa Clara.

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