You probably know that headaches can be extremely annoying and fairly painful. Still, would you be surprised to learn that a headache can actually be caused by different dental problems? In fact, there are several reasons you could be getting these headaches. Similarly, there are a few things you can do if you’re suffering from a stiff jaw.
If you wake up with frequent head pains, you may be grinding your teeth. However, people typically grind their teeth when they are asleep—which can make grinding your teeth difficult to recognize. If you have been told that you make noises when you’re sleeping, you might be grinding your pearly whites. This can actually lead to several different dental issues, such as fractured, chipped, or cracked teeth or even tooth loss.
TMJ disorder is another problem that might lead to a sore jaw. Sadly, if you have TMJ disorder, you may struggle to move your jaw. Even opening and closing your mouth can be difficult if you have TMJ disorder. This happens because your TMJ is actually the joint that attaches your jaw to your skull. Unfortunately, if you do have TMJ disorder, you could unintentionally start grinding your teeth.
A sore or a stiff TMJ may also be caused by anxious feelings. As you may know, some people clench their teeth if they’re nervous or afraid. Unfortunately, this can put extreme pressure on your TMJ. Luckily, there are a few solutions you can consider if you do clench your pearly whites. Please contact us or your doctor if you’re interested in hearing more about coping with these problems.
Would you like to hear more about how you can prevent a sore jaw or headaches in Broomfield, Colorado? If so, please give Denver Restorative Dentistry a call at 303-427-4120. Our dentists, Dr. Goggins and Dr. Esguerra, will gladly answer any questions you could have and help you keep your pearly whites healthy and strong. We’re eager to meet with you!