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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Friday, January 23, 2009

Causes of Migraine Headaches

In today's hectic world, many people suffer from headaches and migraines on a regular basis. Most of the time they think that it's the stress of everyday life, but it could be that they are suffering from TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.

TMD happens when your jaw is misaligned, which can lead not only to migraines and headaches, but also to a host of other symptoms as well:
  • Cracked or worn teeth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Problems chewing or swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Migraines related to TMD happen because of the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is one of the most complex nerves in the body. It alone is responsible for close to half of all the brain's processing. This nerve also has three different branches, one going to the face, one to the head, and other to the shoulders and arms. That's why many times migraines will induce other pain in the face, shoulders and arms.

If you are one of the many people in Chicago suffering from headaches, migraines, or any other symptoms of TMD, do not hesitate to contact our office. We have experienced neuromuscular and cosmetic dentists who can help you with a treatment plan that will alleviate the pain and fix the problems, to let you lead a migraine-free life.

posted by PaulaB at 9:00 AM


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