Anyone who’s suffered from them knows that migraines are absolutely horrible. The throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light can be debilitating. Migraines interfere with work, family, and life in general. Three times as many women report recurring migraines as men. Migraine sufferers know as soon as they see the aura in their vision, they’re in for a rough day.

What many don’t know is that their migraines may be caused by TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMD is a condition caused by malocclusion (over/underbite), which misaligns the TMJs (temporomandibular joints) between the jaw and the skull.

TMD is serious, and causes migraine-type headaches. When the TMJ is strained, it affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries pain signals to the brain from the head and neck.
Other TMD symptoms include:

  • Pain in the back, neck, or face
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or hands
  • Jaw pain, stiffness, soreness
  • Dizziness or vertigo

It’s impossible for a patient to know for sure if their migraines are the result of TMD. Physicians without neuromuscular dentistry training may miss it. Rochester Advanced Dentistry can tell you whether TMD is causing your headaches. If you receive a diagnosis of TMD, we will work with you to choose a treatment strategy that can relieve your pain and return you to a life without migraines.

Dr. Kurt Doolin and Dr. Jeffrey Haddad diagnose and treat TMD patients in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and surrounding areas of Michigan. If you think your migraines, headaches, or other symptoms may be caused by TMD, please contact Rochester Advanced Dentistry to schedule a free neuromuscular evaluation.