Does Having a Cavity Cause Migraines?
Also known as tooth decay, cavities occur when your tooth enamel has become weakened. They cause tiny holes in your teeth and can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Some of these symptoms include tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something very hot or cold.
Recently, a patient asked Dr. Wells whether a cavity cause a migraine. He explained that a cavity may cause a migraine, especially if it’s severe. If you are facing a migraine, you are dealing with more than just a typical headache. A migraine can last for hours or even days and be accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. It can prevent you from performing your daily activities and take a serious toll on your life.
If you are facing a migraine, it’s a good idea to visit the dentist. After evaluating your teeth and gums, they can determine whether your migraine is the result of a cavity or another oral health issue. In the event you do have a cavity, the dentist will recommend you seek treatment as soon as you can.
In most cases, cavities are treated by fillings. Fillings involve removing the decayed portion of your tooth and filling the area. While there are a number of filling materials available, Dr. Wells likes to use composite fillings because they are very durable and only take one visit to complete. As long as you maintain proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist for routine exams and cleanings, composite fillings should last for a very long time.
If your cavity is extremely serious, a root canal may need to be performed. During a root canal, your damaged tooth will be saved rather than removed. Fortunately, this treatment is less painful than it sounds.
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For more information on migraines and cavities, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Wells. If you have any of these issues, he can determine the ideal treatment option for you. We look forward to meeting you!