Your TMJ and Understanding TMD

At our Calgary clinic our dentists offer treatment to restore the natural movement of your temporomandibular joint and relieve your TMJ discomfort caused by TMD.

Your TMJ is important!

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex and frequently used joints in the body. The TMJ allows your bottom jaw to move, so every time you talk, chew or swallow you are using the TMJs on either side of your head.

The TMJ affects many aspects of your body, particularly the musculoskeletal system.

Some symptoms of TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, are:

  • Identifying the TMJ
  • Jaw pain / pain in the TMJ
  • Clicking of the TMJ
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Pain or problems when chewing
  • Headaches, ear or eye aches
  • Sore neck muscles / tight shoulder muscles
  • Tooth wear
  • Mobility of your teeth

Some of the treatment options our Calgary TMJ specialists might suggest to relieve your discomfort include:

  • A dental crown can be placed to restore the balance of your bite

  • Spaces in your teeth can be corrected with dental bridges or dental implant crowns

  • A referral can be made to an orthodontist to move your teeth with braces

  • Your bite can be adjusted (equilibriation)

  • A splint or night guard (acrylic mouthpiece) can be used to reduce clenching and grinding

  • A referral can be made to a physiotherapist, massage therapist or other health care practitioners

  • In severe cases, patients will be referred out to a specialist for this work

TMJ Treatment in Calgary

Temporomandibular disorder, or TMD, may be caused by:

  • A bad bite caused by missing or poorly aligned teeth

  • Trauma to the TMJ

  • Clenching of the teeth

  • Teeth grinding

  • Emotional stress causing the two conditions above

  • Arthritis

Common Questions about TMD and your TMJ

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