Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) Syndrome is a common condition characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, and grinding teeth. Contact Canmore Smiles, Dr. Grant Moldenhauer & Dr. Brian Piercy for treatment of TMJ. The majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can treat. The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can interfere with everyday life. The comfort and general well-being of the patient are at the heart of the dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. Dr. Moldenhauer and Dr. Piercy can test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact us today.
Reasons for treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called a "bad bite." Dr. Moldenhauer or Dr. Piercy can realign or adjust your teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, jaw pain, and dizziness.
The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the teeth structure and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth; hence it is essential to visit us for an exact diagnosis.
What Does Treating TMJ Involve?
As part of a workup, we will examine your jaw and bite, do Joint Vibration Analysis tests, take X-rays, as well as review your history to allow us to make a diagnosis and recommend any necessary treatment. When appropriate, a custom fit moulded mouthguard will be fabricated to help alleviate your symptoms. Other options may be a referral to a physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, or an oral surgeon to assist in your care. We may also provide advice on relaxation techniques, which can reduce stress, or we may prescribe muscle relaxants as another alternative.
Another more permanent option is to consider changing the shape of the teeth and get rid of the bad bite, which is often called "realignment." This procedure is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.
Joint Vibration Analysis or BioJVA™
Your Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ's) or jaw joints are the skeletal foundation of your mouth. The traditional way to test the health of these joints is subjective and unreliable. Our office uses Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA), which records the vibrations created by joint fluid, cartilage, and bone as you open and close your mouth. Healthy joints will have little or no vibration, while debilitated joints will have varying degrees of pain, clicking, locking, restricted mobility with a resulting increase in vibration. This test allows us to objectively measure, document and diagnose the health of your Jaw Joint in just seconds. It can also help us make sure we are aware of any underlying issues before performing any treatment that could damage or strain your jaw joints further.
Fast and accurate: JVA is a fast and repeatable measurement of TMJ function and health
Recorded by staff, read by the doctor: A JVA is a non-invasive test that is easy to perform and only takes a few minutes to interpret the results and make a diagnosis.
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