How Dental Treatments Can Help Relieve Headaches and Migraines

Woman SmilingEver wondered whether the pain in your head might be caused by the teeth in your head? It turns out that a lot of sufferers of headaches and migraines are experiencing the ill effects of a misaligned jaw. While this might come as a surprise, you can probably quickly figure out just why the jaw and teeth have an effect on comfort in your head. Here are some modern dental techniques being used today for headaches and migraines.

Dental Stress 

Tension headaches are often caused at least partially by the tension in the jaw. You may be grinding your teeth or simple clenching your jaw without realizing it. Many people do this during the day while they sit at the computer or at night while they sleep. Dental treatments exist that can help you to become more aware of how you hold you jaw both during the day and at night. For people who suffer from TMJ or tension headaches due to grinding teeth in their sleep, a custom mouth guard may be the solution. Ask about other options that may be available to you from your dentist.

Muscular Imbalance 

Your head is a heavy thing to carry around all the time. There are a considerable number of muscles, joints, and bones that keep your head sitting up straight. But if one or more muscles becomes tired, sore, or overly tense, the whole system can be thrown off balance. The muscles in the jaw can have an effect on the balance of your head, causing the problem to worsen and cause pain.

Talk to your dentist about any symptoms you feel that don’t seem connected to your headaches. There are ways that the jaw and head work together which can cause discomfort and pain which you may not realize are connected. Fortunately, your dentist has probably seen something like this before and can help you to reduce headaches or migraines through dental treatments.

Dr Wang

Dr. Wang, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)


Orthodontic specialist, founder of PacificWest Dental Group. Helping people get the perfect smile since 1994!

Dr Kevin

Dr. Kevin Lee, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C)


Specialist in Orthodontics, UBC alumni. Love helping patients get a beautiful smile. Part-time clinical instructor at UBC. 

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