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Your TMJ Jaw Pain Treatment Choice in NW Calgary

For some people, oral pain comes as a result of tooth decay or gum disease. But for others, jaw problems can be the source of significant discomfort. If you’ve been suffering from TMJ pain, Sandstone Dental is here to help address your issues relating to headaches, jaw pain and jaw misalignment.

Sandstone Dental | North Calgary TMJ Jaw Pain Treatment

What is TMJ?

The Temporomandibular Joint structure (TMJ) is made up of the joints and jaw muscles located on each side of the head just in front of the ears that make it possible to open and close your mouth. They are the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. When the teeth, muscles, and joints are not aligned properly, problems can develop.

This “bad bite,” or what is technically referred to as malocclusion, can contribute to TMJ related pain (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction). In other words, when your teeth are misaligned, or there is an improper bite position, there is an added strain on the head and neck muscles, joints and teeth. Over time, this can lead to symptoms like chronic headaches, muscle spasms, jaw pain, and soreness. This can also lead to neck and back issues as your body tries to compensate

Why a Comfortable and Aligned Bite is Important

Without treatment, TMJ dysfunction can worsen, leading to excruciating levels that may require intervention. Patients with untreated TMJ dysfunction may experience debilitating migraines, neck or jaw pain, depression or malnutrition. While pain medications and muscle relaxants can ease the pain, they do not treat the cause of the pain.

Sandstone Dental is here to help with your TMJ

How do you know if you have a headache as a result of a bad bite or if you’re experiencing some other problem, such as sleep issues, arthritis, or other medical issues? By evaluating your TMJ, we’ll do our best to determine the cause of your symptoms and treat your pain accordingly, or work with the right healthcare provider to get you the best results possible. Headaches and jaw pain can be a simple or complex issue. Understanding the cause can help determine this.

Treatment for TMJ Jaw Pain

Once we have a diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction caused by a “bad bite”, we can begin to correct the cause in the most conservative way possible. Treatment usually starts by fitting you with a stabilization appliance, often known as an orthotic, mouthguard or splint. It is a custom fit plastic dental device inserted over a patient’s upper and/or lower teeth that help realign the jaw and alleviate the pain associated with TMJ dysfunction, along with protecting your teeth. Orthotics have been shown to provide relief of TMJ symptoms for many sufferers, and they are usually the first step at treatment.

To help lessen your symptoms even further the addition of physiotherapy and massage therapy treatments can also be helpful.

Call Sandstone Dental today at (403) 275-3131 to book your TMJ Jaw Pain consultation appointment!

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