TMJ/TMD Treatment in Calgary, AB

TMJ/TMD Treatment in Calgary, AB

Temporomandibular joint disorder has many causes, but they all affect the temporomandibular joint structure, composed of the joint itself and the muscles around it, including the muscles of the face. Pain in the muscles of the jaw, shoulder, and neck is common with TMD. Due to the temporomandibular joint being close to many facial nerves, a swollen or irritated TMJ causes pain, tingling, or numbness to radiate across the face. At Green Plaza Dental in Calgary, we can provide TMJ/TMD treatment in Calgary and map out a treatment plan that’ll bring you relief.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) joints our jaws together, allowing us to chew and speak. The joint can become inflamed and swollen due to several conditions that maybe be treatable at home. Stress is a big cause of TMD, due to overly tightened jaw muscles. Teeth grinding (bruxism) places unnecessary strain onto the temporomandibular joint, causing it to become irritated. An injury, even a very minor one can cause the joint to become inflamed.

Diagnosing TMD

Your dentist will press on the TMJ joint and listen to it as you work your jaw back and forth, as well as opening and closing your mouth. Crackling or popping noises are a sign that TMD is present.

Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain, stiffness, and soreness of the TMJ when chewing, yawning, speaking or eating.
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint itself
  • Stiffness or pain in the neck
  • Pain in the jaws that peaks in the early evening and morning
  • Aching, painful jaws during biting down, yawning or chewing, often all three.
  • Jaws being stiff and resistant to opening
  • Headaches

Reasons for TMJ Treatment Near You

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Anxiety or stress that results in clenching the jaws
  • Impact injury to the jaw or face
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Teeth grinding, especially during sleep

Your dentist at Green Plaza Dental may suggest the following treatments:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Warm compresses held to the side of the face
  • Orthodontic appliances, like mouth splints

Your dentist may fit you for a bite plate, a plastic mouth guard that covers the upper and lower teeth. The guard reduces teeth grinding and cushions jaw clenching, which relieves stress on the TMJ.

At Green Plaza Dental, we can help you get rid of TMD pain. Book an appointment with our TMJ specialist today.

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