TMJ Headaches & Migraines

TMJ Can Cause migraines or headaches

tmj-headaches-beverly-maIf you’re suffering from chronic headaches and nothing seems to be helping, you may be suffering from a TMJ problem, which is a dental issue. Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the point at which your lower jaw connects to the rest of your skull. It may seem like a tiny hinge and rather inconsequential, but in reality, the TMJ can cause a lot of problems if it is out of alignment.

One of the major problems it can cause is headaches, or worse, migraine headaches. These specific kinds of headaches are brutally painful and can result in light or sound sensitivity, nausea, fatigue, and many other problems.

When your TMJ is out of alignment, it can cause bigger problems than simply uncomfortable chewing or grinding of the teeth, although those are reason enough to see your local TMJ dentist.

How can my jaw cause my TMJ headaches & Migraines?

When the TMJ is misaligned, the muscles around your mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth tighten and strain to compensate and adjust for the misalignment. When the tightening of the muscles around the TMJ start to affect the nerves running around your facial organs like your eyes, lips, teeth, jaw, and tongue, you end up with severe headaches or migraines, in addition to other painful symptoms.

You may feel that your headaches are due to stress or tension, especially if you’re dealing with problems at work, poor sleep, or other stressful situations. Many people don’t realize that their headaches are related to their jaw problems and may spend far too much time trying to medicate with painkillers, when in reality, they should be contacting their dentist for procedures that can help re-align their jaws and ease their symptoms.

page-images-migrainesIf you suffer from chronic, daily headaches or, worse, migraines, contact your dentist to see if your TMJ is out of alignment and could use readjusting. Any TMJ problems you might be having may include other symptoms, so be sure to let your dentist know exactly where the pain is, its duration and frequency, and any problems or discomfort you may be having with your jaw.

Your dentist can then tell you whether your TMJ may be at fault for your headaches and suggest a course of treatment that can ease your pain once and for all. There are several clues that might cause you to contact your dentist in Beverly, Massachusetts. You may feel an increase in headaches and tension in your jaw. You may also have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Your jaw feels persistently achy or fatigued
  • You hear a cracking or popping sound when moving your jaw
  • Your neck and shoulders become perpetually sore or achy
  • Your jaw hurts when you move it while eating or talking


Treat your TMJ and eliminate your headaches

If you’re suffering from TMJ pain or fatigue, clicking in your jaw, and headaches or migraines, contact Dr. Polan of Beverly, Massachusetts. A qualified and caring TMJ dentist can help ease your symptoms with a series of treatments that can eliminate the pain for good.

You can avoid future headaches, shoulder, neck, and jaw pain by visiting a dentist who understands the temporomandibular joint and any potential problems you may have. The relief can be permanent and sometimes immediate. You shouldn’t have to suffer any more than you already have. Call today to schedule a consultation and improve the health of your jaw and teeth.