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Headaches and Bridges and Implants Oh My Oh mY

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Posted by: palpal  (7 years ago)
My pal has had extensive tooth work done for some time now. Implants on one side, and now a bridge on another.

Background: My pal also trends towards a natural solution as often as possible.

Now my pal is experiencing a headache with a permanent bridge...a headache with the temporary bridge before, but it eventually went away with some homeopathic shots from her dentist.

I am curious if anyone knows about headaches and bridges. Could the come from a misaligned jaw? Or could the teeth be settling in to a new bite or adjusting to new pressure? Anyone know about this sort of thing? Is it true that it is impossible to figure out without seeing?

Thanks so much.
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My pal has had extensive tooth work done for some time now. Implants on one side, and now a bridge on another.

Background: My pal also trends towards a natural solution as often as possible.

Now my pal is experiencing a headache with a permanent bridge...a headache with the temporary bridge before, but it eventually went away with some homeopathic shots from her dentist.

I am curious if anyone knows about headaches and bridges. Could the come from a misaligned jaw? Or could the teeth be settling in to a new bite or adjusting to new pressure? Anyone know about this sort of thing? Is it true that it is impossible to figure out without seeing?

Thanks so much.


There are basically two possibilities. One is muscle spasm from either the treatment, or the changed bite from the bridge. Relief from muscle spasm can be obtained from a muscle relaxant, heat and massage, and/or physical therapy.

The more frequent cause is the nerve in one of the bridged teeth becoming inflamed because of cutting the tooth. The only remedy for this is a root canal.

So you see a determination of which is the cause of pain must be made before treatment can be initiated.
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