Posted On 11/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
More than 10 million Americans have struggled with Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders at some point in their lives. The primary causes of TMJ-related disorders are usually injuries, arthritis, and erosion of the disc or joint in the jaw. In addition, people who suffer from bruxism (involuntary jaw clenching and tooth grinding) might be more susceptible to TMJ disorders.
So, can TMJ lead to migraines? Yes! People suffering from TMJ disorders tend to experience tension in the jaw. This symptom also spreads to the muscles, particularly the temporalis muscle- which lies on both sides of the skull. This muscle helps you move your lower jawbone and allows you to open and close your mouth. Once the pain gets to this muscle, it transfers from the jaw area to the skull—this is why you might experience TMJ migraines.
Another reason behind TMJ migraines is the trigeminal nerve. The primary function of this nerve is to help in chewing and transmitting facial sensations to your brain. Sufferers of TMJ disorder tend to experience jaw clenching. When this happens, the trigeminal nerve might discharge chemicals that result in inflammation in the brain, causing migraines.
How can you know for sure that your migraine is related to TMJ disorder? Here are some of the tell-tale symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint issues:
If you’re experiencing any of the above in addition to regular migraine headaches, speak with your dentist immediately. Seeking proper treatment to relieve or manage your TMJ disorder will help you get relief from the pain and discomfort and will likely resolve your headache issues as well.
If the TMJ – and not regular stress or tension – is the cause of your migraine headaches, the next step is to begin treatment of the disorder to manage your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your case, these can either be, easy fixes or may take some time before you can get relief.
Here’s a look at how to manage TMJ pain:
Seeking professional TMJ migraine treatment is the best way to manage the condition effectively. At Kanehl Dental, we perform rigorous tests to discover the root cause of your TMJ condition. We want to help you find some relief. Contact Kanehl Dental to book your free TMJ consultation today.
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