If you have a toothache doesn’t go away, or grows worse, then you would probably tell your dentist about it the next time you visit. But not many people think to discuss their chronic headaches or migraines with their dentists. Sometimes, a headache that persist no matter how hard you try to relieve it can indicate an issue with your dental health or the way your bite functions. To find out, visit your dentist as soon as possible to discuss your chronic headache and determine if a dental issue is to blame.
Dental Reasons Behind Chronic Headaches
TMJ disorder is the short name for temporomandibular joint disorder, which affects the two TMJs on either side of your jaw. Your largest cranial nerve group – the trigeminal nerves – lie right next to your TMJs, and when they’re disturbed, the nerves can lead to intense recurring pain in your head, neck, jaw, and facial areas.
Malocclusion is the clinical term for crooked teeth, or a “bad bite,” and it affects more than just your smile’s appearance. When teeth aren’t balanced correctly, your jaw must exert a greater amount of pressure to keep itself aligned when you bite and chew. The increased pressure can increase your risks of TMJ disorder, as well as chronic symptoms like headaches and migraines.
Bruxism is the unconscious and often unnoticed habit of grinding your teeth. When it’s left untreated, bruxism can significantly wear down your teeth, which can disturb your bite’s balance and lead to a host of dental discomfort. If you suffer from bruxism, then a chronic headache may be a warning to seek treatment before your condition grows worse.