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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatments & Headache Relief Calgary

TMJ Specialist Calgary

TMJ Specialist CalgaryDo you suffer from chronic headaches or neck pain? Does your jaw joint click or pop and create tension behind your ears or eyes? Your teeth could be a huge factor in your discomfort. Your upper and lower teeth must close tightly together in order to swallow effectively. When your bite is unstable and the teeth do not fit together properly, your body automatically adjusts to make them fit. This adjustment can result in a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is forced into an unbalanced and painful position. This lack of balance affects all surrounding muscles, resulting in tension in the head, neck and upper back.

TMD Symptoms

TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is a complex group of disorders affecting the jaw. There are many possible causes including athletic or traumatic injury, chronic jaw clenching or grinding, or an unbalanced bite. Currently, this disorder is divided into three categories:

  1. Degenerative joint disease: the joint can be damaged by conditions such as arthritis
  2. Internal derangement: the jaw is dislocated or the disc has slipped out of place. This can also mean that the condyle (the round projection located on the end of the jaw bone) has been damaged.
  3. Myofascial pain: this is the most common and perhaps the least understood type of TMD. It occurs when the muscles controlling the jaw become functionally compromised.

There are several treatment options to explore for those suffering with jaw, neck and head pain due to these issues. If you suspect you are suffering from TMJ or TMD call us to schedule your pain consultation.

FAQs

What is the difference between TMD and TMJ?

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder because it refers to afflictions of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). These joints are found on either side of the head, in front of the ears and connect the jawbone to the skull. The joints can rotate, move backward, side-to-side and forward. It lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn, but if a problem occurs with the bone, muscle or tissues in or around the TMJ, it could lead to TMD.

What causes TMJ?

While an exact cause for TMJ has been undetermined, there are many ways in which you might get the disorder. Dentists basically put all temporomandibular joint disorders and jaw problems in the category of TMJ. Below, are some of the factors believed to cause TMJ.


A hard blow to the jaw or head


Whiplash


Arthritis


Stress


Extreme pressure on the teeth caused by clenching and grinding


Damage to the ball and socket


Movement of the disc between the ball and socket


TMJ can be painful and quite stressful. It is crucial that you see a professional for treatment.

Can TMJ cause dizziness?

The reason you may experience dizziness with TMJ is that of the constriction of muscles of your face, neck, and head. Many people with TMJ seek out the help of a neuromuscular dentist, who is intimately familiar with TMJ and treating it. Jaw x-rays may be performed to determine diagnosis or the cause of the problem.


Dizziness is not always a symptom of TMJ, but it is certainly one of the possible symptoms, and if you are experiencing it, you should talk to your dentist or have them recommend you to a neuromuscular dentist as soon as possible. While dizziness may sound like something fairly minor, if left untreated, it can be chronic and end up having a major impact on your quality of life

Can a full-mouth restoration help my TMJ?

Full-mouth restoration, also referred to as reconstructive dentistry, is designed to correct the effects of tooth damage or traumatic injury and rebuild your smile. It can also do wonders for patients suffering from dental pain, a bad bite or malocclusion, jaw soreness, and a range of other symptoms of temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ).

What are the best treatments for TMJ?

If you suffer from TMJ there are things you can do to help relieve the pain and pressure associated with it.


Medication


Avoid pressure


Keep your teeth slightly apart


Get enough sleep


Eat soft foods


See your dentist


Learn more here.

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