Care for Your Health with Our Clenching and Migraines Treatments
Clenching and grinding occur naturally during eating, but some people have an unhealthy tendency to clench their teeth unconsciously throughout the day or grind their teeth at night. While seemingly benign, ongoing clenching and grinding can harm your mouth and even cause migraines. In fact, those who regularly maintain a clenched jaw or teeth grinding are three times more likely to get chronic headaches than those who don’t.
If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, or if you’ve experienced frequent headaches without explanation, you may require assistance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and see how we can help you mitigate pain and improve oral health.
Health Challenges with Clenching and Grinding
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw can do more than give you headaches. Grinding your teeth can also cause excessive wear and tear on teeth, including permanent enamel damage and exposure of the dentin. Teeth can also fracture from stress, particularly in those who have crowns or fillings. Tooth sensitivity is also a concern; those with ongoing tooth grinding may find it hard to eat hot or cold items.
Jaw clenching is equally problematic, leading to tenderness and pain in the jaw muscles. In addition, clenching can cause enlargement of the jaw muscles over time, creating a square-jawed appearance.
Treatments for Clenching
Clenching your jaw is often out of habit, but it’s not a good one. As such, there are plenty of treatments that can be used to address clenching, including:
- Sleep apnea appliance
- Muscle relaxants
- Electrical stimulation
If you find yourself suffering from tooth clenching or grinding, Spearmint Dental is happy to show you your options so that you can find the right fit for you. After your initial consultation, your dentist will make a recommendation based on your preferences and your unique needs.
Chronic Migraine Diagnosis and Treatment
Chronic migraines are defined as more than 15 headache days per month over a period of 3 months. A formal diagnosis from a neurologist or another medical specialist is required for care. With a confirmed diagnosis in hand, a dentist or physician trained in Botox injections can then deliver treatment.
Botox or Dysport treatments are often not the first lines of defense; most doctors prefer to treat with medications. However, if a prescription doesn’t make a difference, injectables may. A small needle can be used to inject Botox or Dysport into multiple sites across the forehead and scalp, addressing areas that cause ongoing pain. Most patients see results within 3 days to 2 weeks. Treatments may need to be repeated every 3 to 4 months.