Is your TMJ becoming a pain in the neck?
TMJ is an abbreviation used for the temporomandibular joint. This is the hinge-like joint on either side of the face that allows the mouth to be moved up and down and sideways.
When people often talk about their TMJ being a pain, they really mean they have what is called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. This is a condition that can cause, amongst other things, debilitating jaw, neck, facial pain and muscle tension.
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What are the causes and symptoms of TMD?
There are a variety of traumas associated with the onset of TMD, like a car accident, a joint injury, incorrect alignment of the teeth and jaw, overuse of the TMJ due to vigorous and constant chewing, and chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth, particularly while asleep.
Besides neck pain, muscle pain, facial pain and jaw pain, there are other symptoms like
TMJ pain does not just remain in the joint area by itself, but radiates out to the neck, face, head and shoulders. A few chronic sufferers get headaches, experience dizziness, get earaches and even find it hard to hear.
A dentist can provide TMJ pain relief
We can offer a variety of treatment options for TMD at You First Dental in Airdrie. The first step is to ensure that it is the temporomandibular jaw that is causing your suffering. Once one of our team has diagnosed TMD, the muscle in your TMJ will be relaxed using a mild electrical stimulator. This will determine the amount of misalignment there is in your TMJ.
The most common option is a custom made orthotic device. This is a mouth guard that keeps your jaw in the right position and helps to alleviate your jaw pain and muscle tension.
If some of your teeth are crooked they will be poorly aligned and if this is found to be the cause of TMD it might be possible for one of our team at You First Dental in Airdrie to use orthodontic treatment to gently move your teeth into their optimum position which will mean better alignment and less pressure on your TMJ.
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There’s no need to suffer any longer
Many of the answers to your TMJ pain can be addressed by visiting You First Dental in Airdrie, where our dental team can work out a suitable solution. We will carefully assess your TMJ problem and analyze what has been causing the pain.
There is no need to suffer in silence when a dental solution can be made available. You can get started by scheduling an appointment or complimentary consultation.