Almost every one of us has experienced a headache, or other head pain in our lives. Many of us have also experienced a severe and possibly debilitating migraine. Head pain can be extremely uncomfortable and burdensome, so it becomes important to learn about the cause and remedy this as quickly as possible. Your dentist may actual be pivotal in diagnosing head pain and finding those migraine triggers. Here are some possible oral causes for head pain that your dentist and head pain specialist could help to determine.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
The temporomandibular joint as the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull. This is a fairly complex joint, as it allows for not only strong biting, but movement in several directions. Overuse or damage to this joint can cause pain to travel up your head, causing head pain or even migraines.
Another common cause of head pain is deferred pain from a toothache. Toothaches may be caused by a number of reasons, but most commonly result from cavities, root issues, or gum disease. The stimulation of the nerve near your tooth can cause pain to travel, presenting as head pain or migraines. Your dentist will be able to examine your teeth and gums as part of your regular checkup and determine if any decay or other problems could be causing your head pain.
Bruxism is the fancy way of referring to the grinding or clenching of teeth. Many people are not even aware that they may grind or clench their sleep, whether during the day or even while asleep. There are many causes for bruxism, including stress, alcohol and caffeine consumption, or misaligned teeth. Head pain and even migraines are common symptoms of bruxism, and your dentist will be able to examine your teeth for signs of wear, and indications that you are grinding or clenching.
The human body is a complex and connected system. When one part experiences problems, it can have wide reaching effects. Dentists are able to diagnose possible causes for your head pain, and help you get back to feeling yourself.