Is My Headache A Migraine Or TMJ Disorder?

Is My Headache A Migraine Or TMJ Disorder?

TMJ DubuqueDo you suffer with frequent headaches? Has facial pain or headaches reduced your quality of life? Many people have trouble discerning whether their headaches are migraines or if their pain is caused by another underlying condition like TMJ disorder. This is because migraines and headaches caused by TMJ disorder produce very similar symptoms. When TMJ dysfunction cannot be improved with orthodontic treatment or restorative dentistry, dental professionals often refer patients to our oral surgeons for a thorough examination and corrective treatment.

How Migraines and TMJ-related Headaches are Similar

Many times, TMJ-related headaches can be mistaken for migraines. This is often due to the fact that the frequency of TMJ-induced headaches matches that of migraines. The severity of discomfort is also similar. For example, migraines and TMJ dysfunction can produce pain along one side of the head or face. Even though the symptoms are similar, it is important to note though that migraines are classified as a neurological disorder while TMJ disorder is related to damage or a defect of the TMJ.

Symptoms and Causes of TMJ Disorder

Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include clicking or popping of the jaw, tooth wear, facial pain and headaches, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Patients with TMJ disorder may develop other oral health conditions, too, such as tooth decay or breakage caused by tooth wear and mood disturbances caused by chronic discomfort. Since TMJ dysfunction can have far-reaching effects on health, it is important to seek treatment.

The TMJ is a very complex joint that is responsible for different types of movement. If this joint is misaligned, injured, or deformed – even in a minor way – it can affect every facet of oral function. To determine the cause of TMJ dysfunction, our oral surgeons will conduct a thorough examination of the mouth with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology as well as a physical examination. Our team will pinpoint the reason for strain or dysfunction of the TMJ and develop a treatment plan that will improve oral function and ease painful symptoms.

If you have been referred to our practice or believe that you have TMJ dysfunction, call any of our four convenient locations to schedule an appointment.