TMJ Headaches vs. Actual Migraines

Recurring, migraine-like headaches are common among those who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD), a painful condition often caused by a misaligned jaw or bite condition.


The Pittsburgh dentists at Dentonics have extensive experience in the field of neuromuscular dentistry and understand the subtle differences between migraines and the intense headaches associated with TMJ/TMD. Because TMJ/TMD headaches feel similar to migraines, temporomandibular joint disorder is often misdiagnosed by physicians who lack training in neuromuscular dentistry.


TMJ/TMD headaches tend to become increasingly painful as the condition progresses. If not treated, TMJ/TMD can eventually lead to recurring headaches of debilitating intensity.


Although the precise cause of migraines is not entirely understood, they may be the result of hereditary factors, chemical imbalances, environmental triggers, or a combination thereof. TMJ/TMD headaches occur due to the undue stress jaw alignment problems or bite conditions place on the connective network between your jaw and skull, which includes the trigeminal nerve; the trigeminal nerve plays a role in facial motor functions and is responsible for registering sensation throughout your face.


Most people with TMJ experience multiple symptoms in addition to migraine-like headaches. Fortunately, there are a number of TMJ treatment options available, depending on the source of your condition.


If you suffer from migraine-like headaches that have otherwise defied diagnosis, please contact Dentonics to schedule your TMJ consultation. Our accomplished neuromuscular dentists welcome patients from Allison Park and the greater Pittsburgh area.

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