Do you know the agony of a migraine? The pain is such that if you have ever experienced one, you are not likely to forget it. Aside from the pain, migraines can cause serious frustration because they seem to spring up out of nowhere, sometimes without cause. But what if the cause occurred at night when you were unaware of it? Below Dr. Deborha Staten discusses the nighttime habit that could be the causing your migraines.
Do You Grind Your Teeth at Night?
Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth during the night. After all, they are not conscious to notice the habit. Unfortunately, bruxism (teeth grinding) has a way of making itself known. It may take a while, but eventually, the strain that results from clenching and grinding will manifest itself, and it can take several forms. One common sign of bruxism is wear on teeth. As teeth grind against one another, enamel wears away, and teeth weaken. Eventually, teeth may crack, chip, or break, necessitating restorative dental work. A second sign of bruxism is pain or soreness in the jaw. Bruxism places strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. If the TMJ comes under too much strain, a disorder can develop, causing frequent migraines as well as earaches, facial pain, and a locked jaw.
Migraines and the TMJ
It may seem strange that the source of a migraine could be a disorder in the jaw. However, much of the face and neck, including the TMJ, is innervated by a single nerve called the trigeminal nerve. Thus, strain in the jaw can appear all over the face and neck, accounting for the many diverse symptoms associated with TMJ disorders>.
Treatment for TMJ Disorders
When treating a TMJ disorder, Dr. Deborha Staten may prescribe an oral appliance called a splint that will reposition the jaw. Following a specified treatment period, symptoms typically fade away, providing patients with relief and a better quality of life.
TMJ Screenings from Your Las Vegas Dentist
Do you have frequent headaches? Do you have a persistently sore jaw? Contact Dr. Staten about a TMJ screening today by calling our office at 702-736-7979.