Whilst a dentist is well-known for looking after the health of your teeth and gums, there are other less-well-known complaints that your dentist may also be able to help with – from headaches to snoring. The Evergreen Dental Clinic in Reading offers a wide range of general dental treatments, including some options to help with some of these lesser-known issues.
How your dentist can help with snoring
Snoring is a common problem. In fact, we all snore sometimes – if we have a heavy cold or sinus infection, for example. This type of snoring is temporary and, whilst it may be annoying for anyone we happen to share a bedroom with, it’s nothing to worry about because it will clear up when the underlying illness does.
Some people, however, experience chronic snoring, and some even stop breathing for short periods during the night. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a series condition that can cause the suffer to snore heavily and to wake up many times during the night because their airway is totally obstructed.
At our Reading dental clinic our dentist can create a custom-made mouthpiece or oral device that will stop the lower jaw from dropping back when you sleep, keeping your airway open.
Headaches and jaw problems
Your Reading dentist can also help with a range of jaw problems, including headaches. At first you may wonder what your jaw has to do with your persistent headaches and/or migraines, but if you have pursued other avenues without joy, it is worth mentioning the problem to your dentist.
Problems with your temporomandibular joint in your jaw, caused by a malocclusion or “bad bite”. Your “bite” is how the jaws meet together and when they don’t meet properly it can cause issues with the temporomandibular joint, resulting in night-time tooth grinding (bruxism) which can in turn result in headaches, neck ache, migraines, and a number of other issues.
At Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading, your dentist may be able to prescribe a custom-made device to prevent you grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist will also explore possible orthodontic solutions, and will check that existing bridgework is in good condition.