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26 April 2017

The causes and treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding)

Headaches can be caused by a number of things; stress, a blow to the head or even a hangover. Generally, these are temporary and we are usually aware of the causes and can take action to avoid them happening too frequently.

Some people though, find that their headaches are persistent and often cause quite significant discomfort which they find hard to get relief from. In today’s blog, we take a look at some possible causes of such headaches which could be related to dental issues, and the treatment available for our Surbiton patients.

Persistent headaches

If you do suffer from a persistent headache, it is important to have this checked by your doctor for diagnosis, and where necessary, early treatment, should it prove to be a medical condition. Providing that any medical issues have been ruled out, the next step to take is to arrange an appointment at the Surbiton based Confidental Clinic where our dentists will examine you and assess whether your pain may be caused by bruxism.

Teeth grinding

Although we may not be aware of it, many of us grind our teeth whilst we sleep and this is thought to be primarily caused by stress. Over time, this can cause damage such as worn or broken teeth that will need to be treated. A lesser known effect of bruxism is that it can cause headaches brought on by the tension in the head, neck and jaw areas of our body. This may be most noticeable in the morning, following a night of teeth grinding, but some patients may find that it persists for a large part of the day.

Whilst some relief can be found in painkillers, this is not ideal over a long period of time and it is advisable to try to prevent the problem in the first place. Whilst reducing stress levels is likely to be the best way to do this, it can take quite a long time to achieve, depending on the root cause of the problem. Methods are available though, to ease the problem in the short term.

Guards and splints

At the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we offer our patients a range of mouthguards and splints which help to prevent teeth grinding whilst you sleep. These can work by either providing a softer cushion between the teeth or by preventing the teeth from meeting at all. Our dentist will examine you and will discuss your needs and the options available with you so that an informed decision can be made. A number of patients have successfully managed to reduce or eliminate the discomfort brought on by this habit in this way.

If you have seen your doctor and have been given the medical ‘all clear’ regarding headaches but you feel it may be dental related, why not take the next step and call our Surbiton dental practice for further checks?

You can call us today on 020 8399 1291 and we’ll be delighted to assist.

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