Dental Causes of Migraines
Migraines specifically are recurrent, throbbing headaches that usually affect only one side of the head and are often accompanied by bouts of nausea.
One in eight North Americans suffer from chronic headaches that are so severe they cannot carry on normal functions.
“Painful, debilitating, long-lasting and irritating” are just some of the words used by our patients to describe how migraines feel.
While investigating the root cause of migraines, it is valid to look at a potential dental connection including:
- Tension migraines resulting from muscle strain or fatigue, due to muscles being used poorly for long periods of time or caused by a poor bite or the clenching/grinding of teeth.
- Overexertion of muscles during swallowing can also lead to migraines. You swallow more than 2,000 times a day. If your bite is unstable, your muscles compensate, causing strain.
- Migraines caused by referred pain due to dental or facial trauma.
If you are unsure of the cause of your migraines, speak with Dr. Bis and start investigating possible dental connections.
Neuromuscular dentistry techniques can help assess your bite and correct discrepancies. This may mean adjusting the bite in some areas, while ‘building-up’ your bite in others – all in hopes of finding an equilibrium to soothe and/or completely eliminate your migraines.
Botox therapy is an option for immediate pain relief until a solution can be found. Botox therapy helps by relaxing the muscles that are causing the migraines, thus relieving the tension. Most of the time, Botox therapy needs to be completed at least every three months to see continued pain relief.nths to see continued pain relief.