Link Between TMJ Problems and Migraine

It may seem improbable but there can be a direct link between problems with the jaw joint – also called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) – and migraine headaches. This is because the TMJ can be put under severe pressure from everyday tasks like chewing and speaking and this can result in tension spreading to the muscles in the shoulders, neck, face and head. 

The most common TMJ issues are:

  • Inflammation
  • Misalignment
  • Muscle pain

Malocclusion, the incorrect position of the teeth, may cause TMJ issues and can trigger migraine attacks. Treatment for temporomandibular joint problems by a dentist can often lead to the disappearance of migraine attacks but, if not, a doctor should be consulted.