Do you suffer from unexplained pain in your ears, neck, and shoulders? It might surprise you to learn that these aches and pains are caused by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which connects your jaw to your skull. You can actually feel it if you place your finger in front of each ear and open and close your mouth — it’s where the lower jaw and upper jaw connect. It’s the most flexible joint in the body, but if it becomes misaligned, it can cause a number of painful and limiting symptoms.

Luckily, we can help you get some relief with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) therapy.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

You may be asking yourself, how do I know if I have this? Well for one, you’ll start to experience a number of painful symptoms like migraine headaches and ear pain. You may also have one of the underlying “risk factors” that increases your chances of developing the disorder. Common issues like bruxism, misaligned teeth, bad posture, synovitis, jaw or facial injury, and arthritis can increase your risk of developing TMD.

If you have one or more of the risk factors and are suffering from the known symptoms listed above, it’s important that you schedule a consultation with our team today.

Common Symptoms of a temporomandibular joint misalignment:

• Headaches and migraines
• Ear pain, similar to an earache caused by infection
• Difficulty chewing
• Limited jaw movement or complete lockjaw
• Clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw
• Ringing in your ears
• Nausea, dizziness, and even vertigo-like symptoms
• Jaw, neck, shoulder, and back pain

TMD DIAGNOSIS

Typically, TMD is caused by a misaligned jaw which places pressure on the surrounding trigeminal nerve, muscles, tendons, and other bones. This causes a wide array of symptoms that often are misdiagnosed. It can also cause increased tooth sensitivity and other serious oral problems, like periodontal disease, if left undiagnosed. TMD is also a degenerative disease that if left untreated can lead to worsening pain and symptoms.
Thankfully, our dentists can help you get to the root of the problem and provide treatment to get you the relief you need.

TMD TREATMENT

At Yazdani Family Dentistry, we offer a number of excellent treatment options to provide relief and correct TMJ-related issues. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, your dentist may recommend a combination of treatments to ensure they don’t continue to provide discomfort and other problems.

Common treatments we can recommend:

• Transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS) therapy to relax jaw muscles
• Mouthguards and orthodontics to gently realign your jaw
• Reconstructive dental procedures
• Better oral health habits and even changes to your diet

If you’re dealing with frustrating pains and need a solution, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’ll provide a thorough diagnosis to determine if you have TMD and will recommend treatments to help get your life back to normal.

OUR LOCATIONS

Yazdani Family Dental Kanata

613-435-4131

450 Kanata Ave., Unit 3
Kanata, ON K2T 1K5

Yazdani Family Dental Kemptville

613-258-2509

115 Saunders St., Unit A
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0