TMJ, Teeth Alignment & Migraine: What’s the Connection

TMJIn the United States, many people have problems when it comes to the alignment of their teeth as well as their temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which serves as a hinge and connects your jawbone to your skull. Many of these teeth alignment issues have a direct relationship with the TMJ.  

You should not disregard misaligned teeth and temporomandibular joint pain, since not only can they cause pain; they may also result in you having increased risk of migraines.

The domino kind of effect incorrectly positioned teeth have

Your teeth needs to be in their proper position in order for them to function properly. When you have problems with the positioning of your teeth, you will end up suffering from more serious problems, such as tooth decay or gum diseases, since you will find it hard to thoroughly clean your teeth. But there is more to misaligned teeth than just these diseases.

Since misalignment issues contribute to you having a “bad bite,” it increases your risk of damaging your jawbone, where the TMJ is located. Apart from suffering from pain originating from your TMJ, you also may experience migraines. TMJ.com says this is because of the attachment between your jawbone and your skull, which houses your gray matter.

TMJ disorders and the pain they can bring

A bad bite usually causes TMJ disorder. It usually develops due to malocclusions, which can take many different forms, including underbites and overbites. Whichever of the two you suffer from, it all boils down to you having teeth that do not sit correctly together when you bite down.

Treating the root cause

Fortunately, there are several ways you can have your malocclusion and TMJ pain treated. When you have it treated as soon as possible, you dramatically lessen the risk of developing migraines in the future.

The best way to treat these issues is to correct the alignment of your teeth through modern medical devices aimed to fix not only improperly positioned teeth, but TMJ disorders as well.