Headaches and Migraines

Diagnosing and Treating TMJ Migraines and Headaches In Birmingham

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Many dental and medical practitioners have concluded that one of the top causes of headache and migraines is TMJ disorder. Millions of American adults can find headache and migraine relief through TMD treatment.

Headaches and migraines are attributed to TMD when:

  • Pain is chronic
  • Pain in head worsens when the jaw is opening and closing
  • There are other symptoms of TMJ happening at the same time, such as jaw clicking or decreased ability to move jaw normally

If headache and migraines are common for you, there is a good chance that treating your TMJ at our Birmingham dentist office is the right way to stop the pain.

Headache and TMD

TMD often causes daily headaches. Constant headaches make concentration in school, work, and other daily tasks nearly impossible.

There are three specific kinds of headaches that can come from a TMJ disorder:

  • Tension headache | A tension headache feels like it originates from the jaw. It spreads through the head, neck, and shoulders. Tension headaches have a straining or tight feeling to them.
  • Sinus headache | A sinus headache has that throbbing feeling that happens with a head cold. These headaches can even come with other cold symptoms like a runny nose or uncomfortable pressure in the ears.
  • Cluster headache | Cluster headaches are more similar to migraines. They include a sudden pain that flares on one side of the head, usually behind the eye.

Migraines and TMD

The pressure that those with TMJ disorder experience can spread through their jawbone up to the head, causing migraines. The muscles are tense, leading to symptoms like:

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  • Neck stiffness
  • Uncontrollable yawning
  • Seeing flashes of bright light
  • Loss of vision
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Throbbing pain behind eyes and in head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Migraines are one of the most disabling ailments out there. Individuals who are in this much pain and suffer from these symptoms cannot accomplish what they would like to.

If you are suffering from daily headache, contact Dr. Koch to explore the possibility of TMD treatment before you start looking into neurological causes, which are far more difficult to diagnose. Call us at our Birmingham dentist office today if you are in the area, including Mountain Brook!