The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) can be very similar to those of a migraine, but the two are not actually the same thing. If you suffer from chronic migraine headaches, Burke, Virginia neuromuscular dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban can determine if TMD is the culprit. If TMD is responsible for your headaches, she can provide TMJ treatment to alleviate discomfort and prevent TMD aches from occurring again.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are vascular. They are caused when enlarged blood vessels force chemicals from nerve fibers to be released. Nerve fibers are coiled around the larger arteries in your brain. Pain impulses from these fibers will result in swelling, additional inflammation of arteries, and a throbbing, debilitating headache.

TMD Headaches

The pain from TMD headaches is similar to that from migraines. The difference is that these headaches are caused by excess pressure on your trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for a bulk majority of the sensation throughout your head.

Like migraines, TMD can result in nausea, tingling arms and finger tips, and severe pain that lasts for days. Unlike migraine headaches, TMJ treatment will be effective at preventing a reoccurrence of symptoms.

If you live in or around Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia and suffer from migraine headache symptoms, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a TMJ evaluation today.