Headaches are one of the most common and debilitating symptoms associated with TMJ. TMJ can cause severe chronic tension headaches, which can trigger a migraine headache. It may also be able to trigger migraines directly.
If you suffer from regular headaches and haven’t been able to get relief, talk to a neuromuscular dentist about TMJ—we may be able to help. To talk to a neuromuscular dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane or Spokane Valley, please call 509-532-1111 (Spokane) or 509-927-2273 (Spokane Valley) or email us today.
TMJ and Tension Headaches
The connection between TMJ and tension headaches is very straightforward. The muscles in your jaw work in concert with muscles in your head, neck, and face. When your jaw is imbalanced, it can force all these muscles to work harder, which can create tension headaches as well as face and neck pain.
You don’t know if, but you call on your jaw muscles hundreds of times a day, for everything from eating and talking to swallowing and breathing. An imbalance in your jaw joint can quickly lead to increased tension in these muscles and those they partner with. TMJ treatment can reduce the frequency and severity of tension headaches.
TMJ and Migraine Headaches
The connection between TMJ and migraines is a little more mysterious, partly because migraines themselves are more mysterious. We’re not always sure what causes migraines, but we do know that other headaches—such as tension headaches—can trigger migraines. This may be the mechanism behind many TMJ migraines.
We also know that the trigeminal nerve seems to be the origin of migraines. The trigeminal nerve runs right by the temporomandibular joint, and is often irritated in patients with TMJ. This may be the link between the two conditions. We know that TMJ treatment can reduce the frequency of a migraine headache, though it does not seem to reduce their severity.
TMJ and Other Headaches
There are many other types of headaches that are associated with TMJ and other dental problems, including the referred pain headache. In this pain, your body is mistakenly registering pain in your mouth as pain in your head. It is common, and related to the mechanism behind TMJ tinnitus.
TMJ treatment should reduce the frequency and severity of these types of headaches.
Don’t live with headache pain another day, and don’t keep relying on medications to dull your pain—find the cause of your headache pain and get rid of them altogether.
Please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation at our Spokane or Spokane Valley office today.