When to Suspect Migraines Might Be Causing Tooth Pain
So how do you know when migraines might be causing your tooth pain? Ask a doctor or a Fort Atkinson TMJ dentist about migraines when you have:
When your headaches and toothache occur at the same time, the simplest explanation is that they are linked. Use other items on this list to determine whether it’s more likely that tooth pains are causing your headaches, or the headaches are causing the tooth pain.
One giveaway is that your tooth pain has classic migraine markers. One is that your toothaches respond to migraine triggers. If migraine triggers like hormone changes, stress, certain foods, caffeine, bright lights, strong smells, or exercise trigger your toothache, it’s probably migraines.
Also, suspect migraines if your toothache comes with nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to lights and sounds.
You should also suspect migraines if they’re in your personal or family medical history.
TMJ is a common migraine trigger. Symptoms of TMJ can indicate that you actually have migraines. Be cautious, though. TMJ can cause tooth damage, which might cause legitimate toothaches.
On the other hand, consider migraines if you don’t have a family history of oral health problems or if you have had good dental health generally. Before blaming toothache for your regular pain, look for evidence in your teeth. This might be a cavity, chipped tooth, cracked tooth, or something that shows up on the x-ray. While it’s possible there’s something you can’t see, it’s best to get a second opinion before getting an irreversible dental procedure based on no evidence beyond your pain.