A migraine is more than a powerful headache – it’s a debilitating neurological disorder. In fact, headaches – an acute pain throbbing on either or both sides of your head – are only symptoms of a migraine. But many people only experience migraine’s other symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, facial tingling or numbness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Even the duration of an episode can vary wildly – a migraine might last for a few hours to several days.
Many factors can trigger a migraine, including lifestyle and environmental factors, hormones, weather, and medications.
How Can a Migraine Cause Tooth Pain?
While most migraines concentrate pain on the upper parts of the head and face, it’s also possible for a migraine to affect the middle of the face and to cause the sufferer to experience pain in their teeth. “Neurovascular orofacial pain” is the medical term for this condition.
The exact causes of migraines aren’t yet known, but studies strongly suggest they’re caused by abnormal brain activity. This activity can adversely affect the function of blood vessels and nerve signals. The pain that results may radiate into the teeth.
Tooth pain caused by migraine may feel like a tooth infection or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you’re experiencing unexplainable tooth pain, you should schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist can check for any signs of tooth problems.
Once you feel any discomfort or unusual sensation in your mouth, it’s important to call your dentist. Dental issues become worse and worse if left untreated, which can quickly become painful and expensive.
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