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Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD/TMJ, is a medical condition that affects the joint connecting the jaw to the skull, located in front of the ears. The symptoms of TMD/TMJ can be caused by habitual activities such as teeth grinding or clenching, or by an injury or trauma such as a blow to the head or an automobile accident. The symptoms of TMD/TMJ are diverse and can include headaches, facial pain, dental pain, pressure in the ears, neck, back and shoulder pain, difficulty swallowing, tinnitus, insomnia, and depression.

TMD/TMJ headaches can be sharp and searing or dull and aching and are usually located below the ear on one or both sides, extending to the temples, the middle of the face, or across the top of the skull. They can be mistaken for tension, sinus, or migraine headaches and may also be accompanied by nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Pain medication can provide temporary relief, but it does not address the underlying cause of the pain.

If you are suffering from TMD/TMJ headaches and live in Calgary, Alberta, please contact Dr. Jennifer Silver at Southcentre Dental Clinic for an evaluation. Our team can help you manage the symptoms and provide effective treatment options to restore your comfort and well-being.