At the front of your ears, your temporomandibular joints connect your jawbone to your skull, allowing you to open your mouth and move your jaw. However, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) refers to a group of disorders or conditions that affect this joint. These conditions can be caused by teeth grinding and clenching, chronic gum chewing, cradling a telephone between your shoulder and head, or trauma to the head or face.

While medication can alleviate some of the symptoms associated with TMD/TMJ, it does not address the root cause of these symptoms. Treatment for TMD/TMJ may involve conservative measures such as physical therapy to reduce stress, avoiding activities that cause discomfort, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. More aggressive options like orthodontics and surgery are also available through a neuromuscular dentist.

If you live in Calgary, Alberta and are experiencing TMD/TMJ symptoms, contact Dr. Jennifer Silver at Southcentre Dental Clinic to learn more about how the temporomandibular joint may be involved and what treatment options are available to you.