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If you are suffering from the symptoms of TMJ/TMD in Calgary, call Dr. Steven Cload at 403-278-1415 and schedule a neuromuscular dental evaluation today
The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint. You can feel it if you place a finger in front of each ear and open and close your mouth. These joints are where the lower jaw (mandible) connects to the upper jaw (maxilla) - the fixed part of the skull.
The jaw joint is the most flexible joint in the body. It has three movement directions:
When the jaw is misaligned, a host of painful and limiting symptoms may occur. These are related to TMD (alternately called TMJ), a broad term covering any temporomandibular joint disorder.
If you suspect you are suffering from TMD, please contact South Centre Dental Clinic online or by calling our Calgary, Alberta office at 403-278-1415 to schedule a neuromuscular evaluation with experienced dentist Dr. Steven Cload.
What is TMD? What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorder (abbreviated as TMJ or TMD) is not a single condition, but rather a number of conditions that are caused by jaw misalignment. This neuromuscular disorder often results in migraine-like headaches and other painful symptoms, yet remains one of the most commonly overlooked causes of chronic facial neck and shoulder pain.
It is not uncommon for TMD sufferers to visit their physician for help. This may result in prescriptions for painkillers, but any relief offered by medication can’t help but be temporary. Unless the underlying problem is addressed, TMJ pain will simply not go away.
Chronic pain can be debilitating. Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload can help. Come to our office for a neuromuscular consultation and we can see if TMJ is the likely cause of your pain.
TMJ Risk Factors
A “risk factor” is a condition that increases your chances of developing a disease or disorder. It is possible to have TMJ without having any of the risk factors discussed below, but the more risk factors you have, the more likely it is you will develop this disorder.
Some of the most common risk factors for TMJ include:
If you have one or more of the risk factors above and suffer from known symptoms of TMJ, now is the time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cload. During our complex neuromuscular disorder diagnosis process, we will thoroughly evaluate your condition, developing a treatment plan that will help you find relief from your symptoms.
Symptoms of TMD
TMJ Symptoms Calgary, AB
Many of the symptoms of TMD occur in and around the jaw. These include:
These symptoms may be constant or occasional, but their presence clearly indicates TMD. If you are struggling with any of these, call our Calgary office at 403-278-1415 to schedule a neuromuscular evaluation with Dr. Cload.
Running through the jaw is the trigeminal nerve – the largest of the cranial nerves – and it is pressure placed on this nerve from jaw misalignment that can cause many of the symptoms of TMD that occur outside of the immediate area of the jaw.
Issues that can be caused by TMD that may seem unrelated to the jaw joint include:
TMD may also cause increased tooth sensitivity, difficulties swallowing and, when left undiagnosed and untreated, changes to your posture. Equally worrisome, the painful symptoms of TMD can last for years, becoming progressively worse with time. That is why the proper identification of your TMD symptoms is so very important.
Symptoms of TMD - Calgaary, AB
Whether your condition is caused by trauma, arthritis, bad posture, misaligned bite, stress, a car accident or lifestyle factors, a neuromuscular examination at our Calgary dental office can be used to evaluate the likely cause of your pain.
To properly diagnose TMJ, Dr. Cload will use a combination of hands-on evaluation and advanced dental technology including:
If Dr. Cload finds your symptoms are caused by TMJ, the next step is to draw out a detailed and customized treatment plan that’s tailored for your specific needs. TMJ can be caused by a number of factors, and our diagnosis process is designed to determine what exactly is causing your symptoms. With a solid treatment plan, we can take strides in making your TMJ symptoms a thing of the past.
TMD Treatment in Alberta
Your TMD treatment options depend on the unique circumstances of your condition. In some cases, the uncomfortable symptoms of TMD can be relieved by creating a nighttime grinding appliance to help protect the muscles, teeth and jaw joints from the forces of night time grinding. Patients whose TMD is caused by bite conditions or significant jaw alignment problems that are not alleviated by use of a nighttime grinding appliance may benefit from the use of an oral appliance worn during the day. In all cases, TMD treatment will occur in phases, allowing for long-term results and a lasting relief from pain.
The two phases of TMD treatment are:
Occasionally a combination of the above options will be needed to provide long term stabilization. During your initial TMD treatment consultation at our Calgary office, which course of action is best for your needs will be determined.
Left untreated, temporomandibular joint disorder can lead to progressively worsening pain and increase in the number of symptoms. It can also contribute to oral health problems including premature wear of your teeth and periodontal disease. TMD is a degenerative disease. It does not get better without treatment. Occasionally symptoms such as pain and noise may resolve, but the condition continues to degenerate without proper care.
Dr. Cload utilizes advanced technologies and treatment options for neuromuscular conditions like TMD. If you are struggling with symptoms or if your existing TMD treatment is not working, please call our Calgary, Alberta office at (403) 278-1415 to schedule a treatment consultation right away.