Migraine headaches and headaches caused by TMJ are often indistinguishable. According to the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, TMJ headaches may actually be mistaken for migraine headaches as much as 80% of the time. If you suffer from what you suspect are migraine headaches, it may be time to visit neuromuscular dentist Dr. Michael Negru for a comprehensive evaluation to help determine if jaw misalignment is at the root of your pain.
The cause of migraine headaches is often unknown. These headaches may be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other physical ailments. They may also last for days at a time.
TMJ headaches are caused by pressure on the trigeminal nerve. They may be accompanied by eye and nasal pressure, ear pain, neck, shoulder, and back pain, and discomfort in and around the jaw. Nausea is not uncommon, but light sensitivity and pain caused by sound are not typically associated with TMJ headaches. However, even medical professionals often mistake these headaches for migraines.
If you suffer from frequent headaches, it may be time to consider a TMJ treatment option. Please contact Bright Smile Dental Care online or call our Beaverton office today to schedule your consultation.