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