The Connection Between Migraines and Oral Health Problems

Having a migraine is never any fun. Between the flashing lights, the debilitating nausea, and the excruciating pain, many migraine sufferers would give anything to be rid of these terrible headaches. The bad news is that sometimes it is impossible to determine the cause of migraines, and all doctors can do is try to alleviate the symptoms.

The good news is that sometimes migraines are related to issues in your mouth and, by addressing the oral health issues, you may be able to reduce the severity of your migraines-or possibly even eliminate them altogether.

Your Temporomandibular Joint ("TMJ")

Your TMJ is the joint where the jaw attaches to the skull. It is used in chewing, speaking, and manipulating the jaw. In an ideal setting, the TMJ opens and closes cleanly, and the bite patterns on the teeth are perfectly aligned.

However, sometimes your TMJ may be misaligned. In fact, many people have a TMJ condition and do not even know it. A TMJ that is not working properly can lead to a host of problems, from teeth that are excessively worn to problems with the muscles in the shoulders and neck. These issues with the muscles in the adjacent areas can contribute to chronic migraine problems.

If You Have TMJ Issues

The good news is that if your TMJ is what is contributing to your migraines, this condition is highly treatable. We can use a number of methods, including simply fabricating a custom mouth guard for use when you sleep. This mouth guard can help keep the TMJ properly aligned, and can aid in treating any disorder you may have with your TMJ.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, come see us. Let us inspect you for a TMJ disorder and other oral health issues that can be contributing. You don't have to continue suffering in silence.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (512) 506-9889 today.

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