TMD Headaches vs. Actual Migraines

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Migraine headaches are typically considered the most debilitating type of craniofacial pain. However, what many people believe are migraines are actually caused by a neuromuscular disorder in the jaw: temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD. The source of the problem typically is malocclusion, a bite problem that affects the muscles of the head and neck.

Because the treatment for these headaches is different, it is important to know the symptoms that accompany them, allowing you to get the most effective migraine treatment available. The surest way of getting an accurate diagnosis is to visit the Braintree-area neuromuscular dentists at Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches may be throbbing or constant. Occurring often on only one side of the head, additional symptoms of migraines include:

  • Auras
  • Visual disturbances
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

The most effective treatment for your migraines will depend on their cause and should be discussed with your physician as well as a Neuromuscular Dentist.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches may also be throbbing or constant and can affect one or both sides of the head. However, additional symptoms of these headaches include:

  • Ear pain without infection
  • Eye pressure
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Pain in the jaw or face
  • Limited jaw movement/lockjaw
  • Back and neck aches
  • Worn teeth

As with migraines, the most effective treatment for TMD headaches varies from person to person. The Braintree dentists at our office can customize your treatment to restore alignment to your jaw, balance to the muscles of the head and neck and help prevent future occurrences of pain.

If you suffer from migraine headaches in the Braintree, Massachusetts area, please contact Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics today to schedule a comprehensive neuromuscular examination.