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Painful Limitations of
TMJ / TMD
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 of TMJ
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. Symptoms of a temporomandibular joint misalignment include:
- 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
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 an appointment with our team today.
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What Causes TMD?
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.
Treating TMJ in Kanata
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:
- Mouthguards 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.
TMD & TMJ Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions, naturally, about the wide range of dental services we perform here at our Kanata & Kemptville dental clinics. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Don't see yours answered here? Feel free to reach out to Yazdani Family Dentistry.
There are four common causes of TMD. They include:
- Malocclusions such as overbites and underbites
- Jaw clenching and teeth grinding which generally occurs while sleeping
- Jaw trauma, specifically to the TMJ.
- Arthritis in the jaw.
Every patient’s case is different, so timeframes and treatment effectiveness can vary. However, studies have shown that the mouth guard can provide an improvement on TMD symptoms within 6 weeks. Usually, by 3 months, all symptoms tend to be resolved.
TMD usually beings as an internal imbalance in the joints of the jaw. If it is left untreated, TMD can further develop and cause facial asymmetry that is visible to others and to you when you look in the mirror.