The average person swallows around 2000 times per day, causing the upper and lower teeth to come together and push against the skull. If you have a poorly aligned bite or missing teeth your jaw muscles must work harder to bring your teeth together. Unlike other muscles your jaw muscles never get a chance to rest and over time the muscles become strained and the strained muscles can cause discomfort.
- Neck and Back Pain
- Clicking or Pain in the Jaw
- Teeth grinding
It is important if you experience any of these symptoms that you book an appointment with your dentist. They will take a full history and will fully assess your teeth and gums. The dentist will be able to identify if you have flattened or worn teeth, broken fillings, loose teeth or continual sensitivity and will be able to advise you on the best treatment.
There are several treatments available and these may include relaxation techniques, a soft diet, applying heat to the affected area, a dental guard to protect teeth from grinding and clenching or tooth adjustment appliances that help to keep your teeth in a position where the muscles are relaxed. In the long term it may be necessary to look for more permanent solutions such are undergoing teeth straightening or teeth replacement treatments to help to spread your biting pressure evenly across your teeth.
If you would like to find out if your teeth are causing your headaches, call West Wickham Dental Practice on 0208 776 1188 and book a consultation today.