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Tooth Grinding and Headaches

Tooth Grinding and HeadachesChronic headaches can be more than just a pain in the head. They can significantly interfere with your daily activities and reduce your overall quality of life. They might also be a sign of potentially serious dental issues. Tooth grinding can trigger headaches, tooth damage and more. Our dentist in Northridge explains.

Tooth grinding or bruxism is a common condition that can be triggered by stress, misalignments or certain sleep disorders. Many people who grind their teeth are unaware they do it until they have symptoms, which can include headaches, jaw pain and damaged fillings or teeth. In some cases, their sleep partners may notice symptoms before they do.

The enamel in your teeth is one of the strongest substances in the human body, but the massive pressure and movement that is often associated with bruxism can cause stress fractures. Over time, teeth can chip, fracture and crumble, and restorations can be damaged or lost.

Tooth grinding is a treatable condition. After an evaluation, we can make recommendations based on your dental health needs. Therapy, stress reduction techniques and good dental habits can all be helpful, but we may also recommend an oral appliance, which can protect your teeth as you sleep.

If you are experiencing headaches when you wake up, we may be able to help. We can evaluate your teeth for any signs of bruxism and provide you with a personalized care plan that can help you rest easier. Contact us today to schedule your consultation or to learn more.

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