TMJ Migraine Headaches Noblesville

Can TMJ cause headaches or migraines?

tmj headaches in noblesville

Dr. Mike Deldar at Deldar Dental:

Many people suffer from migraine headaches but are not sure where they are coming from. Not knowing where to find a migraine headache solution is your biggest hurdle.

With migraine headaches, you can suffer from:

  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation

Many who have experienced this often go undiagnosed, which can lead to the incorrect treatments for migraines. You may have experienced years of pain and discomfort, and have tried and paid for countless treatments and tried many different medications. 

You have probably noticed that your migraine headaches start with neck pain or jaw pain. Doctors have likely prescribed various pain relievers and this is problematic for a few reasons:

Painkillers do not always alleviate the pain of migraines. Certain pain medications contain chemicals and allergens that cause recurring migraines. Pain relievers only treat the symptoms of migraines and not their source.

Have you ever considered that your migraine headaches could originate from a misaligned bite? TMJ pain often has a dental cause but most people don’t know it could be dental related. A dentist can help to realign your teeth.

I wish you strength and most importantly CLARITY, so you can define the next steps toward headache or migraine relief. Please read on to find the answers to your questions.

Dr Mike Deldar
Neuromuscular Dentist Noblesville / Indianapolis


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Oh, those nasty could be TMJ

A headache is when you feel pain in your head or neck. However, a “headache” is a generalized symptom. Interestingly, your brain cannot feel pain, but it can generate the feeling of pain when pain-sensitive structures in your brain are overworked.

Sometimes a headache could be a migraine, but migraines are often severe and include pounding, throbbing pains that affect the entire head. You might also exhibit sensitivity to light, noise, or smells with a migraine.

Severe migraines might lead to dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, blurred vision, and even vomiting for some patients. Worse, migraines can last up to 72 hours if they are untreated – though the average is less than four. While you might have a headache a few times a week, migraines are much less frequent and typically strike a few times per month.


The TMJ Connection

TMJ, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge on your jaw that connects the jaw to the skull. It is what gives you the ability to chew, talk, laugh, yawn, and open wide in the dentist’s chair for your annual checkup.

Your TMJ region does plenty of work, and while it is on the opposite side from the brain, the supportive muscles and tissues of the joint might cause debilitating headaches.

The pain generates in the joint (not your brain), then travels to other places in the skull, which cause your migraines, headaches, and discomfort.

Typically, the pain is the result of overuse of your jaw or when your two joints do not fit properly together.

TMJ is not limited to the jaw

Migraines are one of the most common medical complaints and one of the most common TMJ symptoms. Tightness in the jaw can cause or contribute to tension headaches, migraine headaches, or neuralgias (facial pain).

By putting pressure on nerves and blood vessels, jaw muscles can initiate the neurochemical triggers that set off tension headaches and migraines, making these headaches more frequent, longer, and more painful.

If you suffer from any form of chronic headaches, TMJ treatment can be an important part of getting relief from your pain.



What is a tension headache?

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Headaches are one of the most common conditions face by both adults and children. These headaches are caused by a range of different reasons.

The most common type of headaches that occur frequently is tension headache. This is the most common form of the headaches and account for approximately 70% of all headaches.

In this condition, people experience a mild to moderate pain on the forehead that could feel like a tight band around this area.

The good news about these headaches is that they are short-lived, so the pain disappear within a few hours when appropriate treatment is given.

In most cases, headaches last only a few hours and occur infrequently. In some rare cases, headaches can last for days may occur frequently. Such rare cases are termed as chronic tension headaches and the pain in these chronic cases tend to increase and decrease.

Headache causes:

  • Poor or lack of sleep
  • Teeth clenching and grinding due to a bad bite
  • Decrease blood oxygen level
  • High CO2 and acidosis
  • Lack of nutrients intake
  • Excess stress
  • Eye strain
  • Dehydration
  • Poor muscular posture


Tension headache symptoms vs migraine symptoms

A tension headache occurs when you feel a pain in the back of your head or your temple. Some people also feel a tight hold on their head while others may feel a mild tension in their shoulders or necks before the tension headaches occur.

Although people suffer from tension headaches and feel a slight pressure on their head, these headaches do not impede their daily activities. It does not incapacitate an individual in any way, though its intensity can vary from mild to moderate.

There is usually no nausea or vomiting associated, and people suffering from tension headaches do not have symptoms such as blind spots or fatigue in their arms and legs.

In fact, lack of these symptoms is what distinguishes tension headaches from other conditions like migraine.

Tension headache treatment

Tension headaches are identified most of the time with a diagnosis of the patient’s medical history. The healthcare practitioner may take a blood work to rule any other abnormality or underlying health conditions. CT or MRI scan is not needed to diagnose tension headaches.

Common treatment options for tension headaches is a combination of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, stress management techniques, breathing, and relaxation routines. Non-medical approaches such as acupuncture and massage therapy are also known to have a good effect.

In the case of chronic tension headache, it could be due to bad bite and or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ disorder).

Dr. Mike Deldar, a Noblesville TMJ dentist, will work with you to diagnose and provide the best possible treatment for your tension headache.

Stop the pain!

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Stop living with TMJ migraine headaches in Noblesville and stop experiencing treatments that treat the symptoms and not the causes. Avoid ineffective and harmful treatments and putting unknown chemicals and allergens into your body by using Dr. Deldar’s holistic approach to TMJ pain.

Take control over your migraines and experience a treatment plan that treats the causes of your pain.


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Deldar Dental provides family dentistry, cosmetic dental treatment options, restorative dentistry, neuromuscular (TMJ) dentistry, dental implants, snoring & sleep apnea solutions, oral health prevention, dental hygiene, periodontal gum care, sedation treatments, and orthodontics to the communities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Lapel, Hamilton County, and surrounding areas.


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