How Can TMJ Cause Migraines?
We don’t fully understand what causes migraines. Therefore, we aren’t entirely clear on the connection between migraines and TMJ. However, we know that the trigeminal nerve is a key trigger point for migraines. We also know that the trigeminal nerve controls the jaw muscles. In some cases, we suspect that TMJ leads to stressed jaw muscles, which then overload the trigeminal nerve. This sets off migraines. Other times, tension headaches related to TMJ might set off migraines.
Treating Migraine Headaches with Neuromuscular Dentistry
Mohegan Lake neuromuscular dentists Dr. Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia have received training in the detection and treatment of TMJ. When you come to our office for a migraine evaluation, an internal and external examination is made of your jaw to see if TMJ may be the culprit. If TMJ is detected, we will use a TENS unit to relax the muscles in your jaw, and determine your correct bite.
Once determined, we may suggest that you wear an orthotic to help your jaw stay in a restful position at night. Restorative dentistry procedures may be recommended if you want to achieve the same results without wearing the orthotic. In any case, your headache treatment will be customized to meet your needs, and provide you relief from future migraines.
We work closely with a local neurologist in treating our migraine headache patients. In this way, we can treat the root cause of your migraines, and prevent future occurrences — freeing you from both future pain, and a reliance on prescription medications.
If you live in or around Westchester County and suffer from chronic migraine headaches, please call (914) 526-2144 or email our neuromuscular dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule a TMJ evaluation today.