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Is your TMJ giving you trouble? Have you been experiencing a number of distressing symptoms, including pain in your jaw?
TMJ is short for the TemporoMandibular Joint, but the acronym is often used to indicate Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or sometimes TMJ Syndrome.
TMJ Disorder has a number of known causes, ranging from repetitive strain, injury, a sports induced injury, whiplash from a vehicle accident, dental work and implant dentistry. Mental stress or a trauma can also cause TMJ problems. Many women experience TMJ related issues post partum as well.
The muscles surrounding the jaw can become tight, which causes pain throughout the head and neck. It is difficult to open the jaw with a smooth action and the movement of the jaw can become restricted.
Clicking and popping also takes place when a person inflicted with TMJ pain tries to move his or her jaw. Accompanied with the jaw problems are headaches and migraines, teeth grinding at night and clenching during the day.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder are often carried a long way from the joint itself throughout the system of nerves in the head, so a TMJ patient may feel TMJ related symptoms in other places, such as;
None of these symptoms are easy to live with, especially if they are chronic, but there are some solutions available to help with your problem. We can offer you TMJ Pain Care at You First Dental in Airdrie, along with some treatment options.
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Issues with TMJ pain, along with its diagnosis, causes and treatment options, are well established. There is no need to suffer from TMJ pain any more than you should. Contact an experienced TMJ Care dentist to get your TMJ pain assessed thoroughly.
At You First Dental we can suggest one or more different strategies to address the root cause of your pain, offering relief for your TMJ pain in Airdrie. To learn more or get started, you can schedule an appointment or complimentary consultation with us.
Once you have taken the step to seek treatment, you are on the path to finding a treatment option for your TMJ Disorder.
When you schedule a consultation at our TMJ Practice in Airdrie, a full examination will take place and your prior medical history will be consulted as well. If it is found that your TMJ is misaligned which is causing tightness in the joint and associated pain, our You First Dental TMJ dentist will assess the correct position of your jaw by using relaxation techniques to relax your TMJ.
Once the right position for your jaw has been established – which allows your TMJ to move freely without inflicting pain on the nerves throughout the head, neck and shoulders – we can move on to the next step.
At You First Dental we can design a custom mouthguard that may help to keep your TMJ correctly aligned. Continuous use at night may eventually cause your TMJ to remain in the right place and the stress that the misaligned TMJ places on your nerves may be eliminated.
If this treatment does not eliminate the symptoms, there are further options such as orthodontics, as well as full mouth reconstruction, which involves rebuilding damaged and missing teeth to provide a more optimal bite.
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TMJ symptoms that are the most common, include:
Sometimes minor symptoms related to TMJ might go away on its own. When any of the following symptoms are present, it is recommended to make an appointment with a doctor, dentist or TMJ specialist to avoid it getting worse: tenderness in or around the ear which is constant or coming and going, discomfort in the jaw joint when chewing, jaw pain, facial pain, headaches and/or migraines, ringing in the ear.
TMJ disorder can be a dental problem by nature, especially when it is related to a persons teeth. Other conditions, for ex. arthritis, can be the cause for TMJ as well. TMJ disorders can be a dental problem as well as a medical problem.
Trauma or injury to the jaw can be the cause for TMJ. But poor posture, vitamin D deficiency, dehydration, and a change in hormone levels can also contribute to the cause of TMJ.
When you leave TMJ untreated it can get worse. It can trigger tinnitus, a (constant) ringing in the ears, you can loose concentration and make it difficult to get a good nights sleep. Your inner ears contain your sense of balance. When the inflammation caused by TMJ is affecting your ears, it can impact your balance, cause dizziness and vertigo. Please consider scheduling a TMJ Consultation with your TMJ Dentist at You First Dental.
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