TMJ (TMD) Therapy - St. Albert, Alberta
Does your jaw lock up sometimes?
Do you frequently wake up with a migraine or a headache?
Are you experiencing any ear pain or ringing?
If you said yes to any of the above, there's a chance that you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint pain (TMJ) or Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD). TMD occurs when the TMJ joint that connects your lower jaw to skull becomes compromised to do an injury, stress, or genetic factors. The TMJ joint allows you to move your jaw in many different directions such as up-and-down, side-to-side, and back-and-forth. Without this joint, you wouldn't be able to do simple things such as laughing, speaking, or yawning.
TMD can impact people in a number of ways which can include:
- An inability to move your jaw different directions such as up-and-down and side-to-side.
- Pain in your jaw, neck, or shoulders.
- Issues related to your ears such as ringing, pain, or hearing loss.
- Waking up fatigued or tired.
- Frequent migraines or headaches.
- Bruxism symptoms such as teeth grinding and clenching.
Depending on the specific cause of your TMD pain, your symptoms may vary from other people. For example, if your TMD is caused by stress, it may lead you to grind your teeth which can cause migraines and headaches. On the other hand, if your TMD is the result of an injury to the Joint, you may experience pain or difficulty moving the jaw in specific directions.
As a result, the first step to effectively relieve your TMD pain is with a complete diagnosis so we can properly determine the cause. This includes using cutting-edge tools, such as digital X-rays and an intraoral camera, to get a complete look at your oral tissues. We will also go over your dental and medical history, lifestyle, and any other relevant factors. Once we have gained a complete understanding of your condition, we can create a personalized treatment plan appropriate for you. Treatment plans can include stretching exercises, oral appliances, orthodontics or possibly even surgery.
Our dedicated dental team will work with you to relieve your TMD pain once and for all. To learn more about our TMD treatments contact McKenney Corner Dental Center in St. Albert to schedule a complimentary consultation.