Dentists around the world know that migraines and headaches are oftentimes the result of underlying dental problems. Gum disease, a “bad bite” tooth decay, and tooth grinding are known to cause these problems and as such, dental experts are looking for ways to educate patients between the correlations of dental health and headaches.
It’s a well-known fact that allergies, stress, and loud noises can all lead to migraines and unnecessary headaches. However, some dental issues are also known to trigger these problems and the general public isn’t quite aware of it.
That’s why we here at Gables Sedation & Family Dentistry bring you this topic so you can know more about this issue and how your dental fillings can affect your general well-being.
The Most Common Migraine-Problems That Stem From Dental Causes
A bad bite – misaligned, missing, and loose teeth can cause you to have a “bad bite.” This condition forces your jaw muscles to work harder. As a result, there’s a constant constraint in your mouth to try and bring your teeth together, to enable you to swallow, and even to keep your mouth closed.
Clenching and grinding your teeth – when people have misaligned teeth or are under stress, they can grind their teeth which can also lead to headaches and also to the inflammation of the gums. The best identification of this problem is a clicking sound you hear when you’re opening your mouth. Apart from that, people often experience a constant but dull headache behind the eyes around the temples. Tongue indentations and tender teeth are also known giveaways.
Tooth decay – or gum disease can also cause head pain, often making the patient believe that they are in fact suffering from a different problem not related to dental health. This “referred pain” is present in other parts of the body as well and people should be mindful of it and evaluate every possibility.
Bruxism – teeth grinding that’s more prominent during sleep. In most cases, sufferers aren’t even aware of it until their roommate or significant other notices and tells them about the problem. Apart from headaches, this sort of grinding can also cause sensitive teeth, fractures in fillings, broken teeth, small chips, and cracks in your dental crowns.
Faulty teeth filling – normally, this shouldn’t be a problem, however, human error can poke its ugly head, and inappropriately placed fillings and dental restoration can change the relationship of your lower and upper jaw. Generally, this shouldn’t happen (not in our case, at least) but, sadly, sometimes further adjustments are needed to resolve the issue.
A Few Words on Dental Fillings
Usually, when it comes to restorations, people will often ask how long do fillings last. Generally, they are long-lasting, however, their longevity will depend on a few factors.
The material you choose for your fillings will play a definite role in determining its longevity. Metal fillings that dentists use to fill cavities with are pretty durable but can result in cracks to your teeth. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are strong materials that seek to sustain the pressure that results from chewing and biting.
Also, you should know that materials aren’t the only thing affecting the lifespan of your dental fillings. Your overall dental habits will all affect their life expectancy.
About White Fillings
These are fillings that match the color of teeth and are used widely for restoring teeth damaged by tooth decay. When made from strong, high-quality materials, they can be a great option since the materials bond perfectly to tooth tissue, giving enough support for a long time. These composite fillings stay the same shape and more or less wear at the same rate as regular teeth, especially if you take good care of them.
How to Increase Their Lifespan
To make sure that your teeth filling lasts as long as possible, practicing good oral habits like flossing, brushing, regularly visiting your dentist for check-ups are all essential. These will keep them stay intact for longer and if you are experiencing a sudden onset of headaches, report them to your dentist. As said before, it’s really uncommon, however, human error does occur, resulting in inappropriately placed fillings.
Apart from the actual size of the implant, where it’s located, and your habits (clenching and grinding) can all affect their lifespan. Also, you should know that smaller fillings tend to last longer than their larger counterparts, however, as bonding materials and advancements in composition continue to improve, bigger fillings also become more durable.
Dental Health and Migraines
Regular dental check-ups are utterly important and let your dentist know if you are having problems with migraines or headaches. Simple dental problems and faulty procedures can all cause these symptoms and with a professional by your side, it’s a lot easier to rule out possible causes and can also provide easy solutions to ease your pain.
More often than not, people would chalk down these problems and associate them with normal migraines or headaches to avoid seeing the dentist at all costs. However, this can pose an even bigger risk since these problems will only worsen over time leading to even more complicated ones down the road, resulting in either irreversible damage or even more costly solutions.
These are just a few other cases promoting the importance of regular check-ups and practicing good dental hygiene. Visiting your dentist every few months can help you avoid serious problems and can give you quick solutions to issues that can lead to bigger damage and serious concerns.
Gables Sedation & Family Dentistry
As you can see, a teeth filling generally won’t cause any problems but when your dental professional fails to implant it correctly, it can cause unpleasant migraines and headaches. As such, it’s crucial that you find the best dentistry that will cater to your needs and provide you with top-notch services not just when it comes to regular visits and restorations, but with all procedures and dental problems.
On the other hand, other problems, such as bruxism and a bad bite can cause headaches as well. Fortunately, these problems can be remedied easily, enabling you to get back to your everyday life as fast as possible, pain-free, and with healthy teeth.
If you want to learn about dental fillings, check out our restorative services, read our blog, or check out our online reviews from our satisfied patients.
Also, you can always feel free to reach out to us at (305) 760-9901 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, sedation techniques, dental plans. We’re more than happy to assist you with your inquiries.